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Painter Khin Myint was born in Kamma in Upper Burma, one of five children of a doctor and a teacher.

She grew up in the capital city Rangoon, and painting became a passion after her father engaged an art tutor named U Lun Gywe, now considered by many to be the greatest living master of Burmese painting.

Traditionally Burmese art is characterised by drab colours and realistic subject matter reflecting the country's Buddhist culture, with recurring depictions of landscapes, pagodas and monks.

Nude forms, and any bright colours, particularly red (which came to be associated with the massacres of students by government forces) were frowned upon.

Khin's brother Sun Myint was a co-founder of the Movement, a controversial group of artists that started exhibiting in Rangoon in the 1960s. This was the first manifestation of modern art in Burma, its aim to break the taboos which the artists felt were stifling the country culturally.

By the time of the 6th Movement Exhibition in 1976, almost all of Sun Myint's nude paintings had been banned by a hanging committee  that included representatives of the Ministries of Culture, Information and Education, Military Intelligence and the Burmese Socialist Party.

However, the paintings were snapped up by buyers, particularly senior members of the international diplomatic corps, with which the Movement had formed close contacts. These friends in turn influenced the artists by increasing their exposure to Western art.

Khin Myint, who had graduated in biology at Rangoon University (she later obtained an MSc), joined the group and first exhibited in 1972.

At the controversial 1976 show, many of her impressionistic works were certified for exhibition and proved popular.

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