Art Revolution Taipei 2017
Artist Interview (7)

“Taipei Art Revolution Taipei 2017” Artist Interview (7)
This article contains twelve artists: (56) Malaysia Tham Siew Moi (57) Myanmar Saw Lin Aung (58) Myanmar Mor Mor (59) Myanmar Christopher August Tamalar (60) Japan Kazuo Hasegawa (61) Myanmar Tin Aung kyaw (62) The Netherlands Anneke Winkelaar (63) Myanmar San Naing (64) Maxio Victoria Rueda (65) Moldova Svetlana Grecova (66) Ethiopia Fasil Assefa Beyene (67) Myanmar Phoe San

Artists unleash their imagination in the creation process, taking the viewers into a passage of time and space, where countless beautiful sceneries await to be explored!

(56) Tham Siew Moi
1969, Malaysia

After graduating from the Academy of Art in 1993, I started painting and teaching, and I devoted myself completely to creating art in 2009. This year I bring two works "Tree of Life I" and "Tree of Life II" to the exhibition.

I am a vegetarian, and care deeply about the environment. I hope to convey through my work my love for nature. Anything in nature can communicate with one another. I can connect with living beings such as mosquitoes, ants, and found that all things are spiritual, and plants are no exception. The trees in my painting are full of vitality. Its moving posture conveys the love and care for the nature.

It’s a blessing to be able to convey happy memories from my childhood. In front of the forest and fields, colorful birds are flying. The unique dyed and painted cloth of my hometown is floating in the air. Hanging high on the trees is a basket made of colorful ribbon, which is filled with my favorite fruits, and all the residents are blessed by the tree of life ~ ~ I think the artistic creation can not only make one's own imagination gallop to an extreme, but also express and heal the setbacks encountered in life.

(57)Saw Lin Aung
1982, Myanmar

I have an unspeakable love for the water. Ever since I can remember, my first painting was about a river, glistening and misty under the sunshine. Watching the water flowing slowly brings me a great peace of mind.

For this exhibition, I brought two paintings, "The Moment" series describe unique scenery of Myanmar's Rhine Lake. Because of the unique environment, people developed a special way of fishing, using one foot to row the boat. In my painting, the water turns into translucent beads under the sunshine. Fishermen, boats, water and the sky blending into one color. I hope that people can be as calm and peaceful with one another.

(58)Mor Mor
1978, Myanmar

I like water, and my creation is mainly water droplets. The purity of a droplet of water can calm and relax me. Water itself is colorless, but with different backgrounds, can produce different colors. Through the background of the projection and reflection, the seemingly simple colorless water droplets, reveal a wealth of life.

This year’s exhibited painting is of water droplets on a music score. The music is Myanmar's national anthem, of which the title is shown in Burmese, expressing my affection toward Myanmar.

(59)Christopher August Tamalar
1978, Myanmar

This year I am showing two paintings, "Trip of the Tree 1" and "Trip of the Tree 2". There were often wars in the provinces of Myanmar, and many trees were cut down because of war. Seeing the trees cut down, so bare, I always feel very sad. I hope to use tree as a symbol of peace.

This year is my second time participating in ART, and also the second time visiting Taiwan. I think Taiwan is very friendly. In Myanmar there is no such art exhibition. I see works of many artists, each with their own characteristics, in Taiwan. Visiting this exhibition will help me grow for the future, hoping to create better works.

(60) Kazuo Hasegawa
1940, Japan

Through a friend’s referral, I participated in the International Artist Grand Prize Competition for the first time, resulting in two of my works to be on display. My relationship with Taiwan is serendipitous. I have been to Taiwan more than ten times, bringing Japanese students to Taiwan to sketch and meeting a lot of golfing friends. I invited my Taiwanese friends to come and enjoy my work today and I did not expect that my two paintings to be collected on the VIP night where the collectors took the paintings home with them on the spot.

With no paintings of mine on the wall is a happy and somewhat lonely feeling, I am a bit conflicted. Next year if there is still a chance to exhibit, I hope to come again, and bring more paintings.

Two of Kazuo's Taiwanese friends commented, "Kazuo 's works are great. He painted Taiwan' s cherry blossoms, the street view of Jiufen, and it took him only two hours to be able to finish the painting, and the paintings are very vivid."

(61) Tin Aung kyaw
1973, Myanmar

This is my first time participating in ART, and also the first time being abroad for exhibition. My father is also a painter and learned to paint from him when I was about 12,13 years old. I am now 44 years old, and I am also a professional artist.

I express my feelings towards every little thing in life through my artwork. The paintings I brought this time is about the relationship between man and earth. Apples in the painting are the product of nature, people are alive, the stone has no life, but all are very important. The girl in the painting does not only represent life, but also represent love and wisdom. If there is no love, then the whole world will be in the dark.

This is my first time to ART. I see so many paintings, and learn so much from them. I hope that in the future I can create more and better works.

(62)Anneke Winkelaar
1944, the Netherlands

I am 72 years old (but looks much younger^^), and have three children and seven grandchildren. I am so lucky to have a good husband. We encourage each other at work, play and sing together. It makes me very happy.

I brought two pieces this year. One is “The Little Boy Sitting on the Book”, who is curious about things in his surrounding; the other is “The Little Girl”, who looked down at the birds in hand, full of surprises and praise. My sculptures are mainly children and women because I like children very much. The little boy or little girl in my work is the main character. Through the cheerful and bright style, praying happiness for our descendants, and also sharing the warmest affection in human nature with the viewer.

If everyone can open their eyes, they will find the world is full of mystery. There are too many people who are living a hasty life. If they can stop, to carefully look around at the flowers, trees, grass and plants, they will feel very happy. If you just pass by those things in a hurry, you cannot see anything, or feel any wonderful things.

(63) San Naing
1971, Myanmar

The path I took to becoming an artist – I need to set the time back to 1991 when I entered the Academy of Art, where I established all the basic skills of visual arts. The works of that period focused more on realism. Whether it is a portrait of people or still life, I have the skills to make the paintings look so vivid that they are almost like photos.

But I was not satisfied with realism. In 2008 I subverted my own past style, and changed to the abstract style. Through the realism and abstraction, I finally began to combine the two, and found the most suitable way in art to tell my own inner world. The finalist of the International Artist Grand Prize Competition "Myanmar's Farm Woman" is a combination of realism and abstraction.

The paintings I brought this time have my own farm and flower garden as the background. With simple lines, I capture the moment of Burmese women working. The subject is a clear display, seizing the viewer's vision, conveying my own inner feelings and moods. These works are recognized by the Committee, and two are selected for exhibition, giving me more confidence in moving forward on the path of artistic creation.

(64) Victoria Rueda
1971, Mexico

My paintings were sold out on VIP night. When I flew here from Mexico, I was very pleasantly surprised by the news.

I am an art teacher and I am also engaged in creation. I often go to the seaside to see the sunrise. This time I brought paintings with seaside scenes. I use abstract style to present, hope the audience can have their own ideas and interpretation through the paintings. Through the creation I also explore myself. I enjoy the creative process.

This is my first time to Asia. At the Art Revolution Taipei I can learn a lot of things, and communicate with other artists, and also be close to the public, interact with many people. This is a great experience.

(65)Svetlana Grecova
1982, Moldova

I have been in Taiwan for more than a decade and currently live in Fung Yuan, Taichung to teach dancing and painting with my husband. I really like Taiwan, especially the east coast of Hualien.

Of the two selected works this year, one is the flowers; the other one is the two women having afternoon tea. I like to use colorful colors to express the feeling of happiness, to express the vibrant vitality of all things, hope that the world can be better. Last year I just gave birth to a baby, so I use drinking coffee to represent the relaxed moment, which is consistent with my current state of mind.

I started painting because I like to listen to other people's stories. I hope to express the love and happiness between people, to show the power of the positive thinking, which is why I choose colorful colors. This is my second time to participate in ART. Because I have a baby, it is not easy for me to dance so I paint while the baby is sleeping, and this also allows me more time to paint. In ART, I can see a lot of new works. I am very excited. It allows me to think and explore myself, to find better ways of expression and creativity for my future works.

(66)Fasil Assefa
1984, Ethiopia

I used to create works of larger size, probably four times larger than the works I brought this year. The works I brought this year are specially created for ART.

I was born in the city in Ethiopia. Most of my works have the largest market in Africa. This market is very close to where I live. In the painting, there is public transportation, a lot of people and donkeys on the train. In an anthropomorphic and humorous way, I present the ancient and the modern city life. The sharp contrast between the two makes the picture very interesting.

Long ago, many of Church paintings in my hometown had no face nor color. These pictures depict the Bible story. I think these people should have our faces. I enjoy painting since I was 5 years old. I hope to draw the daily life in the city.

This is my first time to Asia and Taipei. I feel very happy to be able to see so many works by many artists from different countries all at once, giving me a lot of new inspiration and ideas.

(67)Phoe San
1975, Myanmar

I began to set foot on the creative path since 2002. Every year I ask myself to have new creative themes. I have painted animals, still life and landscape. This time I painted the moments and scenes of local people in Myanmar, to express my own views on the poor and the rich of the local area, and my deep feelings toward Myanmar.

In the two selected works of "How Do We Survive", I use the image of children’s back to symbolize the heavy burden of life, with green and blue tone as the background to show that many children in Myanmar. Because of poverty, they need to pick up bottles and jars to sell for money in order to survive. The paintings send out a slight sadness.

Although the works truthfully present Myanmar's hard life, but they also symbolize the spiritual power behind their continuous, persevering efforts striving for survival, and that the hope is right in front of them.