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Much of this and her later work is now in private collections in Australia, the USA, Canada, Italy, France and Germany, as well as in Burma.

"I met the leading new wave artists through the Movement and they and western artists all influenced my work, with bold coloration that would never usually have figured in Burmese art."

She became the first woman painter in Burma to have paintings of nude figures (albeit discreet rear views) passed as fit for public display, after much apparent soul-searching by the then Director-General of Information. "I wanted to demonstrate my liberation by painting nudes," says Khin.

Although painting was a popular art form in Burma, Khin Myint was one of the few women to delve into abstraction at this time.

She also studied  traditional Chinese and Japanese brush and ink techniques and exhibited paintings in this style. In her mainstream work she started incorporating the gold leaf more usually associated with decorating pagodas, and for a while produced sculptures in plaster and bronze.
For four years Khin taught art to senior pupils at the American High School in Rangoon.

In 1988 a popular uprising by students was bloodily suppressed by the military junta that controlled Burma. In the early '90s the junta overrode the democratic election victory of Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of Burma's national hero Aung San and a family friend of the Myints, placing her under house arrest and seizing power. The country's economic and cultural slide continues to this day.

Khin moved to Britain in 1991. "I had visited twice before, and studied briefly at the Central School of Art and Design in 1988, but now I soaked up the art in the galleries.

"It was wonderful to be able to do non-figurative paintings and not always to have to explain what they were about!"

She taught for several years before  joining BBC World Service in 1996. Today she is working full-time as an artist from her home at Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire.




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