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about ellie ali

 

Born and raised in New York City, self taught artist ELLIE ALI's paintings were first inspired by the jazz and literary worlds of the nineteen fifties and sixties, and then by her traveling and painting in North Africa, Europe and India. She has exhibited widely and is a prolific and serious painter. She currently lives in New York City.
Her medium is an unusual use of acrylics, Chinese ink, wax and oil paints on paper. Paper has always been her co-conspirator; always surprising in its versatility. Ellie Ali is a self taught artist.

The human figure is a constant in ALI's work. They speak to her. She listens.


ELLIE ALI's paintings are collected internationally.


Born in New York City - 1947

1967 - 68
> Lived and Painted in Tangier, Morocco                     
1970
> Birth of son Adrees Ali
1972 - 79
> Various Group Shows in New York
1985
> Vander Stokker Gallery, New York
   First One Woman Show "Jazz Themes and Berlin Memories"
   funded by the government of the Netherland
> First of a series of LIVE Painting Performances
   Presented by the Vander Stokker Gallery with:
   Billy Bang - violin
   Frank Lowe - saxaphone
   Wilber Morris - bass
> LIVE Painting Performance at
   "Neither / Nor"  -  New York with:
    Aura Lewis - vocals
> "In the Night of No Moon: Pergatoria"
    Group Show Curated by Sandro Dernini
1986
> LIVE Painting Performance
   Greenwich House Theatre  -  New York with:
   David Murray - saxaphone
   Wilber Morris - bass
   Dennis Charles - drums
   Vincent Chancy - French horn
1988 - 89
> Lived and Painted in Mojocar, (Andalucia) Spain
1989 - 90
> Lived and Painted in India  
1990
> First of Annual Open Studio Shows
> Ninth Street Studio Gallery  -  New York
  Group Show Curated by Marth Bloom
1992
> Lincoln Square Gallery  -  New York
   Group Show Curated by Carol Blank
1993
> LIVE Painting Performance
   Lotus Fine Arts -  New York with:  
   Musician and Composer Zuzaan Kali Fasteau and Percussionists
> "Windows on Eighth Avenue  -  New York
   Group Show Curated by Carol Blank
> Gallery 148  -  Tribeca, New York
  "A Legacy Unearthed: Reflections on the Duane St. African
   Burial Ground" Group Show Curated by Charles Mingus III
1993 - 94
> Lived and Painted in Lisbon, Portugal
1994
> Galleria d'Arte Moira  -  Lisbon, Portugal
> Galleria Imprevisto  -  Lisbon, Portugal
   One Woman Show
> Decor-Arts  -  New York
   Group Show
1994-95
> Barnes and Noble Bookstore  -  New York
  One Woman Year-Long Show of Larger Works
1995
> The Emerging Collector Gallery  -  New York
   Group Show
> Col Legno - New York City
   One Woman Show
> Wares For Art Gallery  -  New York
   Two Person Show
> Wares For Art Gallery  -  New York
   Group "Portrait" Show
> Bronx River Art Center  -  New York
  "Flags"  -  Group Show Curated by Amir Bey
> Wares for Arts Gallery Artists Group Show
1996
> Artful Exchange Gallery  -  Ann Arbor, Michigan
   Featured Artist, Winter '96
> Wares For Art Gallery  -  New York
   Group Show
> Bronx River Art Center  -  New York
  "Cathedrals and Classrooms"  -  Group Show Curated by Amir Bey
1997
> Cameo Appearances Gallery  -  New York
   Group Show
> Wares For Art Gallery  -  New York
   Group Show
1998
> Baltimore Visionary Museum
   Outsider Art Show
> Gallery "C"  -  Raleigh, North Carolina
1999
> United Fine Arts Gallery  -  Chelsea, New York
   Group Show
> Galleria d'Arte Moira  -  Lisbon, Portugal
> Bronx River Art Center  -  New York
   "911 for Mumia"  -  Group Show Curated by Amir Bey
> Cameo Appearances Gallery  -  New York
   "Last Dance" Group Show
> Gallery "C"  -  Raleigh, North Carolina
   Thanksgiving Show
2000
> Simone's Gallery  -  Pelham, New York
   Women in the Arts Group Show
2001
> Inauguration of beinganartist.com  -  Brooklyn, New York
   Group Show of Website Artists
> Gallery X  -  Harlem, New York
  "World Trade Exorcisms" after Sept. 11 curated by Amir Bey

2001-to present

>Traveling around the U.S. doing fine art shows   

2003

>Maralyn Wilson Gallery. Birmingham, Al.

2004

>Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, Al.

2005

>Gallerie Atelier Herenplaatz. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  Feb. 18- April 10

>Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, Al.

2007

Jan. 2 - 27, 2007

>55 Mercer Gallery - retrospective "Sixty Odd"