Alima Ali: A Story of Passion, Perseverance, and Art
Alima Ali, a dedicated artist, believes that art is more than just a profession - it's a lifestyle. Her journey, which began in the heart of India and has led her to a successful career in the Middle East, has been marked by her passion, dedication, and an unyielding belief that dreams can become reality. With her art, Alima captures feelings and emotions that are deeply personal yet universally relatable.
Alima Ali: The Making of an Artist
Alima's journey into the world of art began when she was just 10 years old. Among two thousand participants in an art event, she was awarded a gold medal. Despite her family and friends not understanding her decision to pursue art, she persevered and studied art throughout high school and later completed her bachelors as a commercial artist. In 2000, Alima relocated to Saudi Arabia. Here, she began to make her mark in a place where women had fewer options, managing to exhibit her first Solo art exhibition in Jeddah's fine art gallery.
Alima’s work was well received. Her art was promoted in all the major newspapers of the kingdom, and in 2005 she was awarded by the Indian Foreign Minister for pioneering the artist's journey in Saudi Arabia. Over the years, Alima discovered a passion for teaching and mentoring young budding artists. It was during this time that she also became an art teacher at Al Waha International School, where she organized exhibitions and school events, in addition to creating her own paintings and freelance artwork.
Alima's Art: A Reflection of Personal Emotions and Observations
One of the pieces Alima is particularly proud of is her self-portrait under the moonlight. The painting, which depicts Alima standing alone by the sea under a moonlit sky, is a snapshot of a moment when she felt alone and lost. Despite the gloominess of the moment, she managed to create a serene piece that resonated with many, earning her appreciation and requests for similar pieces.
Alima describes herself as a spontaneous artist. She does not take inspiration from any particular artist, instead, she is inspired by the beauty and serenity of everyday life. Her landscapes and still life art have a distinct, photo-like quality with a unique application of color and a distinctive feel. The varied art mediums she uses and her ability to customize art pieces to fulfill the demands of her clients contribute to her originality and versatility, making her work stand out in the industry.
Looking Ahead: Alima's Future Plans and Goals
With a successful art career behind her, Alima has big plans for the future. She hopes to publish a collection of her poems, each accompanied by an illustrated painting. She also dreams of holding a solo exhibition in Paris or Milan and opening an Art Centre to help students and artists discover and cultivate their own talent. While challenges abound, especially as an expatriate unable to relocate due to family commitments, Alima is determined to make the most of every opportunity that comes her way.