Maya Gallery is an art gallery based in Singapore, with a focus on heritage, culture, Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. The gallery liaises with curators, institutions and organisations to introduce international artists to Singapore, and Singapore artists to the world. With its regular programme of exhibitions, activities and participation in international art fairs, Maya Gallery has contributed strongly to the local art scene.
Upholding a social responsibility, Maya Gallery engages the public in creating an awareness and appreciation of local arts. The gallery offers workshops, learning journeys, art activities and corporate art retreats to promote team-building and bonding for corporate organisations, institutions and groups. It works with charities to help them in their fund-raising efforts through the curation of art auction exhibitions. The gallery has designed and published catalogues, produced music performances, and hosted book clubs and film screenings.
Founded in historic Kampong Glam in 2012 by Jeffrey Wandly and his wife Masturah Sha’ari through a shared passion for the arts, Maya Gallery was officially opened by Ms Janice Koh, then Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) for the Arts.
It was awarded Top 10 Art Galleries in Singapore by tallypress.com (2018), Recommended Art Gallery at the Expat Living Reader Awards (2015) and Best Asian Contemporary Art Gallery of the Year by National Critics Choice (2014). Maya Gallery has been described as a gallery which has "won the hearts of art enthusiasts with its locally flavoured exhibitions" by mydestination.com (2014).
Cofounder & Director
Masturah Sha’ari holds a Master of Arts in Asian Art Histories from Goldsmiths, University of London through LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Economics and Malay Studies, from the National University of Singapore, and a Diploma in Design Communication from LASALLE. She has worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICAS) and International Enterprise Singapore.
Masturah has designed numerous books and publications, mostly on heritage and culture. She is a recipient of the Certificate of Commendation at the Conqueror Horseman Design & Print Awards in 2000. She participated in her first group exhibition, Contemporary 2011, organised by Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (APAD), at the National Library. Her abstract expressions are inspired by her life experiences and have been exhibited in Singapore and Malaysia. Masturah was appointed as Chairman of the Singapore Women Artists Exhibition 2021, organised by the Federation of Art Societies Singapore and held at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. She strongly supports multiculturalism and inclusivity, as well as the bridging of traditional and contemporary art practices.
She dedicates her work in the arts to her late father, Hj Sha’ari Tadin, former Senior Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Culture and the first Malay graduate MP. She co-authored 'We Also Served: Reflections of Singapore’s former PAP MPs', edited by Rohan Khamis and Chiang Hai Ding, published by Straits Times Press (2014), in which she wrote a biography on her father's contribution as an educator, politician and community leader.
Jeffrey Wandly holds a Masters in Project Management from Queensland University of Technology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from the National University of Singapore. He is a recipient of the Architecture Angullia Scholarship, and the Anugerah MENDAKI (MENDAKI Excellence Award) for being the top Malay tertiary student in Singapore. He is currently the First Deputy General Director at BIDV Tower JVC and Senior Project Manager at Guthrie. He has worked at Napier Properties and Far East Organisation. A luxury residential property development project which he directed while at Napier, ‘8 Napier’, received a BCA Construction Excellence Award.
Jeffrey captures the essence of heritage and historical landmarks with ink and acrylic on canvas. Fondly called “Building whisperer” by his collectors, he has had three solo shows and exhibited in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Korea and Vietnam. His works can be found in the collections of government ministries, organisations and private individuals. He received the Merit Award at the Singapore Tourism Board’s Saces Sculptor Competition in 1980 and the Third prize (Seniors) at the Takashimaya National Student Painting Competition in 1992. He also won the Best of Show Award at SeniKita by Kamal Arts Gallery in Wisma Geylang Serai in 2020.