Ku Paw

St. Paul, MN


Artist Statement


I create art to share the story of my people.


Artist Bio

Ku Paw started painting when he was 12 years old. He attended a school in Noh Poe refugee camp, located along the Thai/Burma border where he was taught by many brilliant Karen artists. He draws inspiration from his art teachers and applies their techniques and skills to his pieces. He uses a variety of mediums--watercolor, acrylic, oil paint, and charcoal--to capture the lived experiences of the Karen people. He considers his art to be traditional and he hopes that his pieces would bring healing for viewers.  Ku Paw states in his mother language, “I want Karen people to have their stories and history drawn and written so future generations can look back and learn.”

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