197, 198 Elections in Burma

Since the 1988 uprising Burma has been under military rule. In 1990 elections resulted in a victory for the National League for Democracy under Aung San Suu Kyi (*1945), but the army cancelled the results and established a dictatorship. The painter Htein Lin (*1966) was imprisoned from 1998 to 2004 and painted 58th Birthday there in 2003, a portrait of Suu Kyi. The other painting, which he produced somewhat later, depicts in Burmese script the Pali formula of the nine virtues of the Buddha.

58th Birthday
The nine qualities of Buddha

58th Birthday
Htein Lin
Painting, 47 x 95
BG P1/655-11

The nine qualities of Buddha
Htein Lin
ca 2004
Painting, in Pali with Burmese letters, 150 x 92
BG P1/660-14


2003 - 2004


Mandalay Prison Mandalay