Behind the local talent Manje

Mariyam Shany Ahmed, (artist alias “Manje”) is a Maldivian self taught artist mostly working with watercolors, acrylics, inks and graphite mediums. Her work is characterized by beautiful faces of women integrated with intricate patterns inspired by cultural elements of Maldives and Malaysia coupled with detailed elements of flora, fauna, and underwater beauty. Her main inspiration is derived from various fairy tale and mythological characters, natural elements, as well as fantasy works from world renowned fantasy artists of past and present.

The enchanted Wall mural on 10ft x 12ft wall Colourprofile Studio 2009
The enchanted
Wall mural on 10ft x 12ft wall Colourprofile Studio 2009

Manje has participated in various international art competitions and various exhibitions over the past few years. Since 2008, she has showcased her work in Kuala Lumpur Art for Grabs, Rantai art bazaar, Publika Fuyoh art Bazaar and many others.

Commissioned painting done for Bandos Maldives Acrylic on 3.5ft x 4.5ft Canvas
Commissioned painting done for Bandos Maldives
Acrylic on 3.5ft x 4.5ft Canvas

Currently living and working as a freelance artist and mural painter in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she is working on a series of new pieces for upcoming art shows in 2014 and a Solo show in 2015.

FLOW Acrylics, and inks on 12 x 17 inch on acrylic paper
FLOW
Acrylics, and inks on 12 x 17 inch on acrylic paper

Exhibitions and Events

• Exhibited work in the group art show “Borak Art Series” by Rantai at the White Box Gallery space, Publika Solaris Dutamas, Malaysia – November 2014

I am a Maldivian Acrylic on 3ft x 4ft canvas Original painting during SAARC Artist Camp 2013
I am a Maldivian
Acrylic on 3ft x 4ft canvas
Original painting during SAARC Artist Camp 2013

• Exhibited works at “Untamed Bloom” group exhibition by MEKAR Collective at the New Straits Times Gallery, Bangsar from 1st October – 31st October 2014

Grace Acrylics, and inks on 12 x 17 inch on acrylic paper
Grace
Acrylics, and inks on 12 x 17 inch on acrylic paper

• Exhibited work and performed live painting at the Cultural Art show and exhibition “Call of the Sangu” in April 2014, Dusit Thani Maldives.

Unraveling Cultures Acrylics and ink on 1.5 x 2 feet Canvas board This 3-piece series was exhibited as featured artist exhibit at the Sangu Cultural event in Dusit Thani Maldives resort, in April 2014.
Unraveling Cultures
Acrylics and ink on 1.5 x 2 feet Canvas board
This 3-piece series was exhibited as featured artist exhibit at the Sangu Cultural event in Dusit Thani Maldives resort, in April 2014.

• Exhibited work at group art show by Rantai Art festival on 29-30th March 2014 at the Red Bungalow, Kuala Lumpur.

Give me wings Watercolors and Acrylic spray paint on 10.5 x 16 inch Watercolor paper
Give me wings
Watercolors and Acrylic spray paint on 10.5 x 16 inch Watercolor paper

• Participated and exhibited work for the annual SAARC Artist Camp held in Maldives in National Art Gallery of Maldives (May 2013)

The Waiting Dryad Acrylics, ink and watercolours on 10.5 x 15.5 inch Watercolor paper
The Waiting Dryad
Acrylics, ink and watercolours on 10.5 x 15.5 inch Watercolor paper

• Judged on a panel of 3 judges for the first Red Bull Doodle Art Contest held in Maldives for university students of Maldives (June 2013)

Say Goodbye Acrylics and ink on canvas. Original painting exhibited at ‘Satu Satu” exhibition, Rumah Terang Gallery, Malaysia, 2012
Say Goodbye
Acrylics and ink on canvas.
Original painting exhibited at ‘Satu Satu” exhibition, Rumah Terang Gallery, Malaysia, 2012

• Exhibited artwork at Group Art show “Satu x Satu” At Gallery Rumahterang, Art Row, Publica Solaris Dutamas, Malaysia (April 2012)

Angels Acrylics and ink on 2ft x 2.5ft canvas
Angels
Acrylics and ink on 2ft x 2.5ft canvas

• Exhibited and sold original artworks thrice a year in “Art for Grabs” At Central Market Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2009 – 2012) and consequent Art for Grabs events in Kuala Lumpur throughout 2014.

Commissioned painting on a guitar Acrylic and sharpies
Commissioned painting on a guitar
Acrylic and sharpies

• Participated in Graffiti event in conjunction with National Visual Arts Gallery of Malaysia where 27 selected artists in Malaysia painted murals on the front walls of the National Visual Art Gallery of Malaysia (November 2012)

Gone Under Acrylics and ink on 30 x 20 inch canvas board This piece was exhibited at Rantai Art festival 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Sangu Cultural event in Dusit Thani Maldives resort.
Gone Under
Acrylics and ink on 30 x 20 inch canvas board
This piece was exhibited at Rantai Art festival 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Sangu Cultural event in Dusit Thani Maldives resort.

• Participated in “Meeting of Characters part 4” in Kuala Lumpur (Meeting of Characters or MOC is an annual graffiti art event where selected artists paint murals along public walls within KL (December 2011)

Customized products

Her customised product range include hand-painted totebags, shoes, shirts and drink coasters as well as magnets. All customized products are hand-painted using quality and durable paint products and finished off with varnish, ensuring they can be worn without worry about its color fading over time or when washed.
Her customised product range include hand-painted totebags, shoes, shirts and drink coasters as well as magnets. All customized products are hand-painted using quality and durable paint products and finished off with varnish, ensuring they can be worn without worry about its color fading over time or when washed.

Manje
Manje

Mariyam Shany Ahmed (Manje)
Website: www.facebook.com/art.manje
Instagram: @tiggmanje
Email: [email protected]
Contact: +60126448696

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