Ali was born in Southampton in 1984, he lived in Lyimngton until he was eight years old, when his family moved to Suffolk. He moved to Kingston to Study Illustration in 2003 and has lived in London ever since. From 2002 to 2008 his family lived in Rhode Island USA, where the artist obtained his heavy American influence. His work also borrows heavily from 20th Century culture and style, taking influence from the art nouveau revival by the psychedelic rock scene of the 1960’s. Music from that era and the modern pysch-rock scene are strong influences in his work. Surrealist painters such as Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon and illustrators such as Ralph Steadman have also influenced him from a young age.
His work is a collusion of peculiar patterns, sound inspired images, Mexican/Native American culture and altered mind states. Patterns are often circular in design with reference to ‘the circle of life’ so central to Native American culture and narrative. There is timelessness to his work achieved by the juxtaposition of these images and themes with modern day phenomena such as urban myths, conspiracy theories and mysteries of the universe. The process of which gives birth to a mix of aesthetics and bizzarities.