I grew up in Karachi, Pakistan with a population of over 15 million. In this urban metropolis, storytelling was iconography on public buses.

Zahra Ali, Artist

Artist Statement

Painting to me is solving puzzles of my brain. It gives me a sense of power as I can attempt to control the world around me. This realization came to me at an early age. As such, my combination of cultural experiences manifests as layers and colors in my work.

I grew up in Karachi, Pakistan with a population of over 15 million. In this urban metropolis, storytelling was iconography on public busses. Busses are more than a mode of transport for those inside; they are a joyous sight to passers-by that share a story. In a system where bus drivers own their busses, drivers would decorate the bus exteriors to showcase their ancestral origins with lines of poetry interwoven with ethnic iconography.

After doing BFA in Painting from Texas State, my move to Houston and work in the field as an artist over the past decade has been a journey of self-discovery reflected in my work.

I paint to express. I try to create pieces that show the world through my lense; my likes and dislikes. There are times where life is celebrated, and at times I show life’s dark side with a hint of color.

Professional Career

Art Instructor

ReDiscover Painting

Oct 2018 - Present

Do on location creation of art/painting with up to 20 people. Specially made painting for your event that will be unique, limited edition exclusive in my style.

Resident Artist

Bisong Art Gallery

Oct 2018 - Present

Besides displaying my Art I get studio space to work on creating new pieces, it is an opportunity for me to share space, work together with other Houston based artists and to get feed back about my work and gallery's visitors get to enjoy the new Art. You can Vist us at 1305 Sterrett St, Houston, TX 77002.

Segreto Finishes

Nov 2018 - Present

Restore, Refinish furniture
Do decorative Painting on walls, Ceiling, and floors. Example; Stenciling, Texturing, designs, Marbling, and plaster

Faux Finish Artist

Hannon Design

Feb 2012 - Oct 2018

Faux finish, example bricks, marbling, glazing, sky, stenciling, metallic and more

Assistant Artist

PD Designs

May 2018 - Jun 2018

Painted 2000 Sq ft of floor at a ranch house in Bellville, TX . Got a chance to work again with my mentor Chris after our first project first project in 2008

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