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.