The Malay Heritage Foundation



As part of the inaugural launch of Hari Warisan (Cultural Heritage Appreciation Day) organised by the Malay Heritage Foundation (MHF) in 2021, a visual artist known as Shafyre was invited to do a painting, live during the event. This year, as part of the 2022 Hari Warisan, the MHF will be putting this very artwork up for a Charity Auction.

The painting, entitled “The Heritage” holds a plethora of symbolic meanings relating to cultural and heritage preservation in Singapore. It illustrates Shafyre’s observations of the Hari Warisan in 2021. He uses this painting to explore a spectrum of artist kindredness. The strokes in the centre reveal the flow of inspiration and spirit of maestros, coming together to speak a common language. While the gold represents the prestigious nature of the grand ceremony with the presence of grand masters, the black swoosh depicts the embodiment of raw energy injected from the young artists. Both colours work in juxtaposition to exemplify the artist’s interpretation of the purpose of Hari Warisan, which he believes is the vision of the future of the arts scene in Singapore – Vibrant, Energetic and Rich.

To add a special touch, Mdm President Halimah Yacob gave a final “splash” to the artwork to tie in the entire abstract expression.

The Bid

The bid will begin at $ 16,500. All are invited to bid for this exclusive and exceptional masterpiece. The auction period will start from 10th December 2022 till 21st January 2023, 2359hrs. Scan the QR Code or the google form link (here: to secure your chance to make this exclusive and meaningful artwork yours.

You can also view the artwork at the Permata Restaurant (73 Sultan Gate Singapore 198497) from 2nd January to 21st January 2023. The Restaurant’s opening hours will be daily from 12 pm to 10 pm.

All proceeds from this auction will go to the artist and MHF to fund its educational and community outreach programs and initiatives. This includes but is not limited to its serial publication series on Malay heritage, its masterclass lecture series known as Cendekiawan Lestari (Masterclass), and a youth-for-youth discursive platform known as Sembang Ilmu Seminar Series. To empower our youths, MHF also conducts internship programmes for tertiary students, gives out awards to reward their excellent achievements, and motivates them to stay on the path of becoming our future cultural leaders and change-makers for the arts and heritage sector. The portion of the proceeds donated to MHF will be eligible for tax exemption and will be matched dollar-to-dollar with the Cultural Matching Fund. Your contribution will help to power up our efforts to promote and safeguard our shared heritage for future generations to appreciate, know, associate, and identify with. Visit to find out more. Our latest financial statements and Annual Report can also be viewed on the website.

Artist Profile

Being one of Singapore’s contemporary artists, Shafyre has created many admirable works for homes, schools, restaurants, and offices as an artist. In addition to producing artwork that has graced the homes of many collectors, both local and abroad, he is also known for his work in bringing art closer to the community. He has collaborated with the People’s Association of Singapore under the “PassionArts” initiative for several projects in different parts of Singapore. They included art installations to decorate the façade of HDB blocks for Singapore’s National Day over the years. His painting was one of ten entries that received an award for the Passion Arts Festival in 2015, out of 150 entries received.

Locally, his unique style of capturing scenic and signature landscapes, his mural art has graced several walls in the historic district of Kampong Gelam, 313 Somerset (Orchard Road), Our Tampines Hub, and a Bangkok Jam restaurant in Marina Square. His fame has spread across the seas as one can also marvel at one of his mural art located in a luxury hotel in Brisbane, Australia. This multi-disciplinary talent is also a notable sand artist.

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