Although the gallery is closed during May, River Gallery’s team is working from home to promote engagement of its artists with customers and art-lovers around the world.

During this pandemic period, most River Gallery artists are staying at home, creating meaningful artworks that express how everyone faces this tough situation while wishing everyone to overcome the situation very soon. Some are inspired by the virus itself – take a look at what Htein Lin is doing during his lock-down.

Artists believe that this COVID-19 is having quite an big impact on their careers as almost all galleries in town are closed and there are few opportunities to exhibit their fabulous artworks. But they are also philosophical – they realize they are lucky as they can still continue creating from home during lock-down and some of them are using the spare time to enjoy their families, or catch up on their reading.

River Gallery asked its artists to produce short videos about their daily activities during this difficult times, and you can see them all on

Zaw Win Pe

Zaw Win Pe is well-known for his colorful, semi-abstract landscape artworks painted in oil. His works have been collected by the Singapore National Art Museum, Funf Kontinente Museum in Munich, Germany and by private art collectors all around the world.

Large commissioned works are displayed in the Embassy of the United States of America and in the new Rosewood Hotel in Yangon

You can see more examples of his work and read his detailed biography on the website

What is artist Zaw Win Pe doing during COVID-19?

Than Kyaw Htay

Than Kyaw Htay is one of Myanmar’s most established and successful artists, producing works of tranquil beauty which often pack a powerful political punch as well.

Growing up in Rakhine State as an Arakanese, Than Kyaw Htay is deeply affected by the terrible problems of this region and he has seen many people migrate to other places to seek a better life. With this inspiration he has created three different series called – “Silent Moves…”, “Silent Steps..” and most recently, “Silent Walks”, which will be shown at a two-man show in L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, France, in June. With his art, he consistently draws attention to the issues and problems of his home state, casting a sympathetic spotlight on the plight of the victims of poverty and war in this region.

A short footage of him busy creating artworks during COVID-19.

See more of his works and read a detailed biography of him on

Chuu Wai Nyein

As one of our most exciting emerging artists, Chuu Wai Nyein is a multi-talented artist, creating physical works on canvas or other media but also experimenting with digital artworks.

One of her main aims is to empower woman through her art. In a rapidly changing but still deeply conservative society, Chuu Wai Nyein asks uncomfortable questions about women’s position in Myanmar society.

To learn more about her and her artworks, please click the link below.

What is artist Chuu Wai Nyein doing during COVID-19?

Private visits to see the artworks in the gallery are possible any day of the week from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Just contact them for an appointment at [email protected].

If you are staying home, take a virtual wander around artworks by many of Myanmar’s finest contemporary artists by visiting the Artists section of River Gallery’s web-site.

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