Remarkable Women project by Armelle Falliex #10, Aung San Suu Kyi


Aung San Suu Kyi2Aung San Suu Kyi was born June 19, 1945. She is the daughter of Khin Kyi and husband, General Aung San, who negotiated Burma’s independence. After the assassination of her father, July 19, 1947, Aung San Suu Kyi’s mum who got committed in politics in the years 1950-1960, became ambassador of Burma in India current 1960.

Aung San Suu Kyi joined her in India to complete her studies at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, in New Delhi in 1964. Aung San Suu Kyi left for the Great-Britain to follow a philosophy, politics and economics courses at St Hugh’s College, Oxford from 1964 to 1967. She completed her studies with a doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

In 1967 she went to New York to pursue a second cycle of education and became assistant secretary for administrative and budgetary matters of the United Nations committee.In 1972 she married Michael Aris, with whom she had two children, Alexander born in London in 1973 and Kim born in Oxford in 1977.
In 1988 she returned to live in Burma after many pro-democracy demonstrations repressed by the army, a new military junta, the State Council for the restoration of law and order, taking the power on September 18 1988.
Strongly influenced by the non-violent philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, she enters slowly in politics to work for democratization of the country.
On September 27 the same year she created with former generals National League for Democracy encourages a general strike that lasts for a month.
On July 20, 1989 she was arrested by the military government then probation.
In 1990 general elections are won by the party of Aung San Suu Kyi but the elected members are not allowed to sit.
In 1991 she won the Nobel Peace Prize
In July 1995 she freed of her detention monitored but will leave Burma on pain of not being able to return.
She remained separated from her children who lived near their father, and, despite letters for appeal from eminent figures, she would never see her husband again who died in England from a cancer, in 1999.

As leader of National League for Democracy she was elected democratically President of Burma last November 8, 2015

For his ultimate commitment to her country Aung San Suu Kyi is obviously a “Remarkable Woman”


The painting by Armelle Falliex


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“Aung San Suu Kyi” Acrylic and paper on canvas 60″/48″


Art Critic by Beatrice Chassepot,

Elegant and balanced, is the first impression I have about that painting.

Elegance comes from the drawing of the portrait itself, a right profile starting with a long neck and careful details of the bun and the precise drawing flowers.

Balance comes from the words “Freedom and Freedom from fear” we can barely read because of their white color. They surround the portrait because they are the foundation of Aung San Suu Kyi’s politics:

Actually “Freedom from fear” refers to the title of her book her husband edited and in which he has collected her most powerful speeches, letters and interviews, whose most famous speech  “Freedom from fear” (1991) starts as is:

It is not power that corrupts, but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. READ MORE

Besides, Suu Kyi chose non-violence as an expedient political tactic, stating in 2007, “I do not hold to non-violence for moral reasons, but for political and practical reasons”

Armelle Falliex has translated the constitutive elements of Suu Kyi’s action “Freedom from fear”, “non violence” and the “fight for democracy” with her vocabulary:  a perfect balance between black and white. Black is the color of strength and fight, and white color which instantly gives the sense of peace, like Yin/Yang.