Ali was born in Iran, moved to Whitehorse, Yukon at age 15. Ali graduated from high school in 2013, and worked part-time as an artist for two-years, than became self-employed artist around Whitehorse doing murals and portraits.
In 2016 at the age of 21 Ali’s friend suggested going to the Northern Cultural Expressions Society to join the Beginner Craving Program. Later Ali joined NCES and was welcomed into the Beginners Carving Program. His instructors Calvin Morberg and Jared Kane, They taught him traditional form line, shapes, designing and painting. It challenged his creativity but made him more self-confident working on more challenging projects like paddles, masks, detailed sketching and painting.
This program has open many opportunities for Ali, to teach younger students who are interested in Northwest Costal Art, in the elementary schools and high schools around Whitehorse. Using the skills that his instructors taught him. Ali’s creative imagination and his passion for First Nations art is a highly respected by NCES for learning and teaching this art form in a short period of time.