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Masturah Shaari

b. 1969, Singapore

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Masturah Sha’ari sees the beauty in old places and discarded objects. She is fascinated by textures of materials, raw energy of everyday ordinary people, and is concerned about the development of a child’s potential through the arts, which promotes overall creativity and intelligence. Started drawing at a young age, Masturah won a few neighbourhood art competitions with her natural flair for colour and composition. Despite being advised by her art teachers in school to pursue an art education to develop her artistic potential, her chosen path was in academic studies which her parents felt was most important.

Masturah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and Malay Studies (Statistics minor) from the National University of Singapore. She then worked as a Librarian at the Business Centre at the Trade Development Board (now International Enterprise Singapore), where she not only headed the Design and Business collections, but also managed the library’s design needs. After attending an exchange programme in Japan for a month, she pursued her love for design at the LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, where she obtained a Diploma in Design Communication, with a distinction in her thesis.

Since then, she has been a professional graphic designer and illustrator, specialising in corporate identity, publication design, web and ad direction.  She has taught Drawing at the Singapore Polytechnic. She is also the owner of Sejati Cards. Her love for drawing never waned, and she particpated in her first group show – APAD Annual Art Exhibition in 2011.  

In 2011, Masturah co-founded Maya Gallery with her husband Jeffrey Wandly to promote local artists, create an appreciation for art through art programmes and workshops, and provide professional consultancy in art, design and music.


Bachelor of Arts (Economics major), National University of Singapore (1992)
Diploma in Design Communication, LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts (2000)


Group Exhibitions

2016   Pameran Kini, Maya Gallery, Singapore
2015   Chairity Arts & Design Against Cancer – Auction, Red Dot Museum and Maya Gallery,
2014   Büffel Art Project, with Maya Gallery, at ION Art Gallery, Singapore
2013   Art Collective, Maya Gallery, Singapore
2012   Moving On, APAD Art Exhibition, The Substation, Singapore
2011   Contemporary 2011, APAD Art Exhibition, National Library Gallery, Singapore


2000     Cert of Commendation, Conqueror Horseman Design & Print Awards



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