Shalini Ganendra Fine Art



b. 1969  Myanmar


Chaw Ei Thein, painter and conceptual/performance artist, engages with the global art scene as a candid commentator on the contradictions and conflicts of her native socio-political environment. Her feminist approach to art is both gracious and frank, earning her recognition as one of the most important contemporary artists to emerge from Myanmar.

She fled Myanmar after a period of incarceration in jail for a performance piece, and was awarded political asylum in the USA in 2009.


“I am always thinking about my country, about brutality, and about how I lived under that system. Sometimes I really want to escape from those things, escape from myself. But whenever I try to create something, all those related issues come up.”


The recipient of the Elizabeth J McCormack and Jerome I. Aaron fellowship in connection with the Asian Cultural Council, New York, she has lectured and exhibited extensively in and outside of Myanmar. Her numerous and notable achievements include participation in the Singapore Biennial 2008, Open Studios Exhibitions 2009, International Studio and Curators Program in New York as well as several performance works with Htein Lin in Myanmar and at Asia House, London.


SGFA exclusively represents the Camouflage Series, through which Chaw Ei Thein adeptly shares commentary, culture and aspiration, painted on the iconic Buddha statues and camouflage fabric as paintings – all in camouflage.

Bodhi Buddha, 2015

Acrylic on fibre glass

30.5 x 15 x 42 cm




Awards / Residencies


2012  Award. Sea Change Residency, GAEA Foundation.


2011  Fellow. The Gardarev Center Fall 2011 Research Residency, Boston.

Artist in Residence. Art Omi International Artists Residency, New York.

Fellow. Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists: NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Project, NY.

Award. by Canadian Writer Karen Connelly.


2009 - 2011  Artist in Residence. International Studios & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York.


2009 - 2010  Fellow. The Elizabeth. J. McCormack and Jerome I. Aron Fellowship. Asian Cultural Council (ACC), New York


2008  Creative Residency (Performance). 7a*11d Performance Art Festival, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Canada




Major Exhibitions


2014  For Su, River Ayeyarwaddy Gallery, Rangoon, Burma

It’s a long way, TS1 Gallery, Rangoon, Burma

In my Borough, Falchi Building, LIC, New York


2013  People’s United Nations (pUN), Queens Museum of Art, New York

Works on Paper 2013: Japan-U.S. Art Exchange Exhibition, Hirosaka Annex,

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art & Ginza Space Atte., Tokyo, Japan

Fragile States by fD (Free Dimensional Org.), New York

24th Gangaw Village Group Show, Lokanat Gallery, Rangoon, Burma


2012  Blue Wind Multimedia Art Festival, Rangoon, Burma (Nov.)

To Be Not To Be, Gallery 35, New York


2011  ARTLIVE2011, CATM Chelsea Gallery, New York

OtherIS/TVDinner, Immigrant Movement International, New York

Bushwick Open Studios, New York


2010  Giggling Bubbling: group show, Da Gallery, New York

Stories Out of Burma: with artist Htein Lin, Thavibu Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

We r NEW YORKers2: Group Show, Holiday Inn Express, Chelsea, New York

Public Consumption: Puffin Room, Soho, New York

Stack Up: NARS Foundation, New York

Bedtime Stories, Monotone Dreams: Fardom Gallery, New York

Transformed Conversation: with artist Brad Darcy, SoapBox Gallery, New York

Contemporary Burmese Art: Ideas & Ideals, New York Open Center, New York


2009 - 2010  Open Studio (May and November): International Studio & Curators Program (ISCP), NY


2009  MuMO (Must-More Video Show): Point B Gallery, Brooklyn, New York


2008  Wonder: Singapore Bienniale 2008, Singapore

In This Dark & Closed Space:3rd Solo Exhibition. Balance Art Gallery. Chiang Mai, Thailand


2006 - 2007  Hermes’ Ear exhibition: Nitrianska gallery, Nitra, Slovakia & Budapest, Hungary


2005  16th Gangaw Village group art show: Rangoon, Burma


2004  Dreamweaver (2nd Solo Exhibition): Espace Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

We are in Burma (1st Solo Exhibition): NIPAF House art gallery, Nagano, Japan




Select Performances


2014  Solo Performance, for Get on the Bus, Cooper Union, New York


2013  Duet Performance with Lee Wen, Design Cloud, Chicago

Sandaya: Burmese Lessons, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington DC


2012  Living Monument: Performance by Chaw Ei Thein & Htein Lin, ISCP, New York

Sandaya, Black Fox, Washington D.C

Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival, Chicago

WEs, Solo Performance, Cooper Union, Amnesty International, New York


2011  WEs, Solo Performance, 11pm Series, Mobius, Boston

WEs, Asian American Writer Workshop, New York

Quiet River: Blue Note Jazz Club, New York


2010  Solo Performance: The 3rd Annual NARS Foundation Open Studio Event”, New York


2009  Solo Performance (June): United Nations Plaza. New York


2008  10th Asiatopia International Performance Art festival: Bangkok, Thailand

Small East Asia Co-prosperity Restaurant 08 Performance Art Festival: Tokyo, Japan


2007  9th Asiatopia International Performance Art Festival. Chiang Mai, Thailand

8th Open International Performance Art Festival: Beijing, China

On the Table with Artist Htein Lin: Asia House, London, United Kingdom


2005  7th Asiatopia, & First Southeast Asia Performance Art Symposium: Bangkok, Thailand

Test Motion Taiwan International Performance Art Festival: TipaLIVE. Taipei, Taiwan

NIPAF – Myanmar Performance Art Festival: Rangoon, Burma

Quiet River. Gangaw Village group art exhibition in Alliance Francaise. Rangoon, Burma

Mobile Gallery + Mobile Market Street Performance (with Htein Lin). Rangoon, Burma


2004  The 9th NIPAF Asian Performance Art Series. Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, Nagano, Japan

Golden Spinning Gong, 2015

Golden Peace, 2015

Acrylic on faux sandstone finish cast resin construction

75 x 53.5 x 38 cm