(Feature) – A Chiang Mai artist is showing his wire sculptures depicting famous personalities in Burmese politics and art in an exhibition at the Lokanat Gallery in Rangoon, which ends on Saturday.
Sculptor Narongyot Tongyoo’s Burmese figures include Aung San Suu Kyi, Gen. Aung San, U Thant, writer Ludu Daw Amar and Burmese artists, plus Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Gandhi and Pablo Picasso.
The exhibition was organized by Burmese artist Nay Myo Say, who often exhibits his work at the Suvannabhumi Art Gallery in Chiang Mai.
“I met Narongyot Tongyoo in Chiang Mai. He is very friendly towards Myanmar artists who visit Suvannabhumi Art Gallery,” Nay Myo Say told the Myanmar Times, an English language weekly.
“He says he loves Myanmar, and he says he was a Myanmar person in a previous life,” he said.
About 50 of his wire portraits are included in the exhibition.
“I do feel as if I am their relative [of Burmese artists]. I feel as if I was a fallen soldier in a battle between Myanmar and Thai people, and I was born again here to be friendly with Myanmar,” he said. “I have never seen Paw Oo Thett, but I was inspired to create his portrait after seeing his paintings hung at the gallery. I like Myanmar artists because they are very humble and sincere even though they are famous.”
Lokanat Gallery is located at No. 62 Pansodan Road.