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Maya Gallery was founded in 2011 by Jeffrey Wandly and his wife Masturah Sha'ari – both with a shared passion in the arts. What started as a conversation at a café in Ubud, Bali during their honeymoon in 1999 had sparked a dream of starting a reputable art gallery that would bring together artists, art collectors, art educators and art patrons in dialogue and appreciation of the vast heritage left by established artists, as well as fresh approaches and interpretations by younger talents.

Their art venture, and the story of Maya Gallery, have been documented and aired on various local TV programmes such as okto's "Straight from the Art" and "ARTrepreneurs", Suria's "B3" and ChannelNews Asia's "On the Red Dot". The gallery has also been featured in Straits Times Life!, Berita Harian, and art industry magazines such as Asian Art News, ARTt:art, Expat Living, @Home, ALUMNUS and Bali Art News. Their story has also been covered in Female, Nuyou and Nanyou magazines.

Masturah Shaari


Co-founder, Maya Gallery

Masturah Shaari is a Designer, Illustrator, Writer, Artist and Gallerist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Economics, from the National University of Singapore in 1992. She received a Diploma in Design Communication from LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts in 2000. She was awarded a Certificate of Commendation at the Conqueror Horseman Design & Print Awards in 2000.

Her 17 years of design experience spanned the whole spectrum of visual communications – corporate identity, publication design, marketing and event collateral, web design direction, advertisement design and illustration. She has served a wide range of international clients including Lucent, Bosch, Gulf Air, NatSteel Asia, Marshall Cavendish, StrategiCom and interact group. In 1997, she founded Sejati Cards, her own line of Asian-inspired invitations and greeting cards.

It was her passion for art (she paints too!) that brought about the setting up of Maya Gallery in 2011, together with her husband Jeffrey Wandly. Maya Gallery has made a strong contribution to promote Singapore artists locally and internationally. It also provides a platform for many talents from Southeast Asia and worldwide to showcase their works here and on the international front.

Masturah still continues to design books, including the award-winning The Mango Tree by Hidayah Amin, published by Helang Books. She also contributed an essay in “We Also Served: Reflections of Singapore’s former PAP MPs”, published by Straits Times Press (2014). Her late father, Sha’ari Tadin, was Senior Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Culture in the 1970s, and served as a Member of Parliament from 1968 till 1980.


Jeffrey Wandly


Co-founder, Maya Gallery

Jeffrey Wandly is an Architecture-trained Project Development and Management Specialist, and Artist. He holds a Masters in Project Management from Queensland University of Technology, with a distinction in his final thesis. A graduate of the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), he is a recipient of the prestigious Architecture Angullia Scholarship, and the Excellence Award (Anugerah MENDAKI) for being the top Malay tertiary student in Singapore in 1993.

Jeffrey's career in the building and construction industry started as an Architect in various reputable architecture firms. He then took on the role of Project Manager and Team Leader at Far East Organisation, and later Project Director at Napier Properties. His vast experience in residential, commercial and industrial property development covers master planning, architecture, interiors, design and project management. 8 Napier, a luxury residential property development which he had project directed, received a BCA Construction Excellence Award in 2012.

Jeffrey’s passion for the arts throughout his professional career was highly inspired by his late father Hj Wandly Yazid – a renowned music composer, arranger, musician and former Musical Director at Cathay-Keris. With the aim of increasing an appreciation for local Malay music classics, Jeffrey revived the Wandly Yazid Orkestra, an ensemble once founded by his father in the 60s. Playing a mix of traditional, classical, jazz and keronchong music, the orchestra has performed during art openings, book launches and corporate events at venues like the Shangri-La Hotel, National Library and Malay Heritage Centre.

Through Maya Gallery, which he founded with his wife Masturah, promoting predominantly local artists, Jeffrey aims to increase the level of awareness and appreciation of our local pioneer artists, whom he believes deserve due recognition for their contribution to Singapore's art scene. The gallery also continues to nurture young talents.



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