Alumnus of The One Academy’s School of Illustration Abdulla Nashaath is the brainchild behind the design of the latest Maldivian currency series, ‘Ran Dhiafaheh’. He won the nationwide competition organised in his homeland and beat out several hundreds of other participants. This competition was held in conjunction with the celebration of the Maldives golden jubilee of independence. The name of the series ‘Ran Dhiafaheh’ translated to ‘Golden Fifty’ marking 50 years of independence for Maldives. Prior to this, it has been 33 years since a new note series was introduced.
The theme for the note series was ‘Maldives and Maldivian people’ and Nashaath’s design was spot on in capturing the essence of this beautiful country and its citizens. His design was inspired by their everyday life as well as certain items that are uniquely Maldivian. His illustrations depicted the country’s natural beauty as well as the culture and craftsmanship which the Maldivians take pride in. Nashaath had designed a total of 7 notes with denominations ranging from 5 to 1000. Each note had its own unique element that bore a story of the country.
After graduating from The One Academy, Nashaath went on to collaborate with his friend to open up a private studio, A.N Associates. It was while working at the studio that he designed the notes for the currency series. Prior to that, he worked as a graphic designer at the Football Association of Maldives as well as an art teacher at the Majeediyya School where he was once a student himself. Among other jobs was his stint as an artist at the Firafix Studio.
One of Nashaath’s memorable work of art was illustrating for a chewing gum box created by Kraft, the renowned American cheese producing company. However, that is not all; he has taken part in numerous international competitions such as the 2013 and 2014 SAARC Artists’ Camp hosted in the Maldives and Bangladesh respectively. Besides that, he had the opportunity to showcase his artwork at the largest solo exhibition hosted by the National Art Gallery in 2011.
Having such a profound love for art and all that is related to it, Nashaath now coaches amateurs who have interest in this field. It is truly an excellent example of a student who is now a Master and teaching others. It is obvious that Abdulla Nashaath is truly talented and we at The One Academy wish him all the best for his future endeavours.