Born in 1996, Kyaw Moe Khine, aka Bart Was Not Here, represents the new generation of Myanmar artists.
Tempted by the tags and the bubble letters painted on the streets of Yangon, Kyaw Moe Khine began “experimenting” with spray cans in the 8th grade. He gave himself the alias “Bart Was Not Here” after the character in “The Simpsons”, alluding to the tongue-in-cheek quality in his artworks. Inspired by Pop Art and Lowbrow Art along with the popular culture aspects, Bart’s expressions in his art on or off the walls are a mix of text and image juxtaposing Burmese and imported cultural norms.
Bart holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from Lasalle College of the Arts. He has participated and organised a number of Street Art and Lowbrow Art exhibitions in Yangon. In October 2018 his series of fine art prints was successfully presented at Saatchi’s art fair in London as well as in “Devotion & Protest” at Intersections Gallery, Singapore. The "Prelude to God Complex" series was showcased at Intersections gallery in 2019. "God Complex" his first solo exhibition, which took place at Myanm'art in 2019, was a sold-out show.
Bart's work was commissioned by the Singapore Tourism Board and showcased at the Singapore Festival 2019 & 2020 in Yangon.