Gregory Burns, a well-known motivational speaker, professional athlete, and artist, has been brought on board the intriguing initiative that the luxury hotel, LUX* South Ari Atoll, has planned for May. The resort and the well-known sports artist have teamed up with their future "Artist in Residence" program, which will feature an exclusive residency from May 10 through May 23, 2023.

Gregory was diagnosed with polio as a child, which inspired him to use sports and painting as means of self-expression. Before eventually switching to IronMan competitions, he went on to compete in three Paralympic Games where he won numerous gold medals and established countless world records. His admirable perseverance and discipline served as an example for others, and his vivid and stunning artwork won him recognition and awards from audiences throughout the world.

Gregory Burns, Sports Artist.

Gregory has produced emotive artwork for over three decades and has won numerous important accolades, including Sports Artist of the Year in 2016 and a unique commission to produce paintings for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games from the International Olympic Committee. In May, Gregory will make his way to the Indian Ocean to personally lead visitors in letting loose their creativity while studying under the master.

Gregory will instruct art enthusiasts in a variety of techniques for painting, drawing, and other media as part of his "Artist in Residence" program, enabling visitors to create their own distinctive works of art. The outdoor courses are held in lush nature, and participants of all artistic backgrounds and skills are welcome. A co-painting session with Gregory and a few other well-known local painters will also be held at LUX* South Ari Atoll, in keeping with the brand's objective to empower the community via self-expression through art.

“Since my childhood, the sea has been my home. Swimming, surfing, scuba diving and sketching; all these fluid activities bring us joy and make it a better day," commented Gregory Burns