Masturah Sha’ari (b. 1969, Singapore) is a multi-talented artist, designer, gallery director and art historian with a passion for bridging traditional and contemporary art practices. Her abstract paintings showcase soft gestures and colourful strokes, and have been exhibited in Singapore and Malaysia. Masturah is the Vice-President of Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (APAD), and was Chairperson for Voices & Visions: Singapore Women Artists Exhibition 2021, organised by the Federation of Art Societies Singapore (FASS), at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC). Her commitment to the arts is evident through her numerous accomplishments, including curating exhibitions, designing exhibition catalogues and award-winning books.
Masturah holds an MA in Asian Art Histories from Goldsmiths University of London/LASALLE College of the Arts, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Malay Studies, from National University of Singapore (NUS), and a Diploma in Design Communication from LASALLE College of the Arts. Her research interests foreground the collective endeavours of Malay artists in post-war Singapore. She has also been a mentor to female undergraduates at NUS.
My abstract artwork serves as a medium for me to explore the concept of freedom and space, allowing me to express my deepest emotions. Through my abstract landscape series, I aim to capture the tranquil, serene atmosphere of a paradise-like green space. As a mother, I see “home” as a sanctuary—a place where my children can always feel safe, and where they can return to, no matter where life takes them.