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Returning from Exile, Win Pe Splashes Rangoon Gallery with Color and Capricorn

Zarni Mann The Irrawaddy

The widely known, multi-talented artist Win Pe has returned to his beloved Burma for the first time in 18 years and is currently showing off a selection of his paintings in Rangoon.

A movie director, scriptwriter, novelist, cartoonist and artist, Win Pe has played leading role in the evolution of modern art in Burma, and returned to his home country eight months ago after nearly two decades in exile.

Win Pe, who learned to painting from his father and other famous artists in Mandalay, told The Irrawaddy that he is already looking forward to another exhibition of his artwork soon.

Most of the colorful artworks of Win Pe, currently showing at Rangoon’s Gallery 65, are based on Zodiac signs, invoking different feelings for the viewer. While expressing the Zodiac signs in his paintings, Win Pe mainly used the Burmese women wearing longyis, with mouths conspicuously absent from their faces.

Win Pe said the meaning of the paintings was not for him to dictate.

“My paintings have no special explanation concerning politics or about the country, but rather let the viewer interpret them.”

The artist’s works are being exhibited jointly alongside famed Burmese artist Sein Myint (Shwe Chi Doe) at Gallery 65, located on Yaw Min Gyi Road in Dagon Township. The exhibition runs until June 16 and is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm daily.