Title: Women of Carbala
Medium: Mixed media
Size: Triptych, 38.5" x 24" each
Ali was born in Amman, Jordan where she currently resides. She received her B.A. in history from Beirut University College in 1961, while studying art privately. She received a Ph.D. in Islamic art from the University of London in 1993.
Ali concentrates much of her artistic effort on themes of universal tragedy, particularly the tragic events in Arab history which took place in Carbala during the seventh century. In her art she develops the traditions of Arabic calligraphy in a modern format and forms part of the contemporary school of Arabic calligraphic painting. Her work, which has won awards in Belgium and France, is found in museums and private collections internationally.
In 1989 Ali edited Contemporary Art from the Islamic World. She is the director of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, which she founded. Some of the places she has had solo exhibitions are: London; Berlin; Amman, Jordan; Madrid; Pakistan; and the United States.