Zwe Yan Naing was born in Taung Goke, Rakhine State in 1984. He studied at the State School of Fine Arts in Yangon. His mentors include influential artists such as U Myint Naing, U Kyaw Thu Raein, U Win Tint, U Mon Thet and U Than Kywe.
He did his first solo exhibition in 2011 at Pansodan Gallery, where the exhibition was named 'A Burmese Girl'. He chose this because, 'A Burmese girl is in one way an artist's dream, and then in another way the magic power in that dream. She is born as the artist's first painting. She lives near the artist, every second, every day, every night. She makes the artist dream. She creates dreams for the artist. The artist was brought to dream by her. This Burmese girl is not a typical girl, except for the Thanakha on her cheeks. She is an extraordinary. She is nameless. That is her beauty, her ideas, her manners, everything.. '