Aung Win was born in Kyaukse, Mandalay Region in 1949. He studied painting at the
State School of Fine Arts, Mandalay from 1965 to 1968, and became famous for his
elephant dance paintings in the mid-1970s. However, he stopped painting for about
two decades when the art market dried up, instead turning to mural paintings in
monasteries and pagodas. He returned to the art scene in 2012.