Art meets faith, identity and social change in Ali’s work, adorning the canvas of walls and public spaces and continues to change the visual landscapes of the cities we live in. He has been a pioneer in the street-art movement, initially fusing street art with Islamic script and patterns, delivering powerful and moving messages that spoke to all. His art has inspired and informed a new generation across the globe, to boldly express their identity and ideals.
Ali’s ethos of “taking art to the people” has evolved to combine street art with live performances, installations, digital projections and moving soundscapes. He has created art for live audiences throughout the world in cities such as New York, Kuala Lumpur, Cape-Town and Melbourne.
His work serves as a bridge, bringing together communities divided by culture, faith and ethnicity. Ali’s complex exploration of challenging social issues through Art, provide transformative and radical tools to counteract challenges facing multicultural society.
In 2008 Ali established an arts organisation, Soul City Arts, where he continues to work strategically to bring art into the lives of everyday people. He is also an educator and curator, and works often in the heritage sector. He is a trustee at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and an Associate Artist at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He was awarded an MBE 2016 for his service to Art and Community Cohesion