Suvāsthi Gallery of Oaga Art Resort unveils 2nd Veyoge Gallery Villa Exhibition

Oaga Art Resort, the idyllic Maldivian sanctuary renowned for its fusion of luxury and local art, has unveiled its second Veyoge Gallery Villa Exhibition. Curated by Suvãsthi Gallery (Suvāsthi, /noun/: expression of happiness), the resort unveils its second instalment, showcasing over 150 captivating works by 31 local Maldivian artists.

This year’s exhibition explores three distinct themes: Dreams, Intimate Reflections and Sacred Realms. Each theme will be brought to life across 5 different Veyoge Gallery Pool Villas, with 10 captivating pieces gracing the walls of each. These themes echo the very essence of Veyoge Gallery Pool Villas inspired by the ancient Maldivian folktale of Khalid and Sitti, two star-crossed lovers whose story embodies dreams, introspection and a connection to the sacred.

“This year’s open call was met with great enthusiasm, attracting over 40 artist applicants. Unlike our debut exhibition, this year’s open call focused on artists applying under specifically curated themes,” says Nadee, Suvāsthi Gallery curator, “The most exciting aspect of this exhibition is the inclusion of artists who are showcasing their work for the first time. The majority of participating artists are emerging talents under the age of 25, demonstrating remarkable creativity and potential. Each year, as we renew the Veyoge Gallery Villa Exhibition, our main aim is to be inclusive in selecting both emerging and established artists. This exhibition highlights the vibrant energy of the next generation of artist.”

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Staying at one of the Veyoge Gallery Pool Villas transcend a typical Maldivian resort escape. Guests are enveloped by local artwork, with the opportunity to connect with these pieces and take a cherished part of Maldivian creativity home through on-site purchases.

The Oaga Art resort’s commitment to the local art scene extends beyond the exhibiting walls. For every artwork displayed and every occupied night spent in a Veyoge Gallery Villa, a contribution is made to each exhibiting artist.

Inspired by the Maldives’ rich history as a thriving ocean kingdom, Suvāsthi Gallery serves as a platform for Maldivian artists to share their stories and perspectives. The gallery’s retail outlet complements the exhibition, offering a treasure trove of unique souvenirs and locally crafted gems. From traditional Maldivian handicrafts to contemporary jewellery and clothing, Suvāsthi provides the perfect opportunity to discover a piece of Maldivian artistry to cherish long after your stay.

Suvāsthi Gallery isn’t just about appreciating art; it’s about igniting your inner artist. The gallery offers “Free Flow” sessions, where guests can explore various mediums and artistic styles under the guidance of resident creatives and visiting artists.

Oaga Art Resort further fosters artistic connection by regularly inviting the exhibiting local artists to stay on the island, a vibrant artistic exchange enriching the guest experience. Situated in North Malé Atoll, Oaga Art Resort is 45 minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport. A small island with 60 villas with beach and over water options, 5 dining venues and a spa inspired by Maldivian traditional healing practices, Oaga Art Resort’s artistic and creative spaces offer an immersive experience curated by local and visiting artists, and craftsmen from the Maldives.

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