Min Soe (1948)
Min Soe was born in 1948, in Pegu division of Burma.
1965, he enrolled in the national armed forces to serve his country.
His military career was mostly in logistical support.
While in the
army, he reconnected with
his early childhood passion of drawing and painting. Moreover, in between military
duties, he fed his artistic drive through frequent visits to art exhibits and
museums, and read art literature. One day, while visiting the Myanmar Art Museum
in Yangon, U Min Soe saw a painting entitled “Dapaung” (March in
Burmese) by the famous Burmese artist, U Hla Han, and fell in love with the
style of that particular artwork. U Min Soe contacted U Hla Han and became
U Min Soe started to sell his work in the early 1980’s under
the guidance of his teacher U Hla Han. In 1985, he participated with nineteen
artists in an art competition and exhibition in Fukuoka, Japan.
U Min Soe’s
work was selected for an award and was subsequently acquired by the Fukuoka
Museum. In 1986, the artist retired from his military career to
devote his time to art. His paintings are mostly interpretations of nature,
such as flowers, mountains, streams, jungle and working elephants. His palette
a clever mixture of softness and vibrant colors. The artist’s renderings
of working elephants are realistic and accurate and reflect a keen sense of
observation and interest in the logging operations of the Burmese Forest Department.
Soe is one of the most dedicated Burmese artists as exemplified by his participation
in over twenty-six art exhibitions and shows from 1984 to this day.