Masturah Sha’ari brings moments to life with soft gestures and colourful strokes in her abstract expressions. Using acrylic on canvas, her works have been exhibited in Singapore and Malaysia.
She is the Vice-President of APAD (2022-24) and a member of the Women Artists Association. She helmed the position of Chairperson of the Singapore Women Artists Exhibition 2021, titled Voices & Visions, organised by the Federation of Art Societies Singapore (FASS), and held at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC).
An accomplished designer, she has designed numerous publications, including the award-winning "The Mango Tree" and "Leluhur: Singapore's Kampong Gelam", winner of the 2021 NUS History Prize. She is a recipient of the Certificate of Commendation at the Conqueror Horseman Design & Print Awards (2000). She has taught Design and Drawing at the Singapore Polytechnic, and written for publications and journals.
Masturah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Economics and Malay Studies, from National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Diploma in Design Communication from LASALLE College of the Arts. She holds an MA in Asian Art Histories from Goldsmiths University of London, with her thesis foregrounding the collective endeavours of Malay artists in post-war Singapore. She strongly supports multiculturalism as well as the bridging of traditional and contemporary art practices.