Al was born and brought up in a Welsh mining town in the Rhymney Valley, and his name derives from Greek ancestry. Al has been a professional artist since 1980, graduating from Cardiff with a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art.
Since his early life drawing sessions at Art College, the human figure has been Al’s main source of inspiration. His paintings are composed usually of a single figure and, although stripped of obvious narrative, leads to our own enquiring thoughts and interpretations. Al’s paintings have an enduring and haunting quality that evoke a personal connection and allow much to interpretation.
Al’s recent works have involved a series of paintings called ‘Birdgerhl’. The subject matter relates to man’s relationship with nature and was partly inspired by a song written by Antony And The Johnsons and sung by The Unthanks. In 2015 Al Saralis was named in the Top British Artist’s by USA publication ‘Complex’.
Al currently exhibits at a number of galleries in the UK and has recently sold work to collectors in France, Germany, USA and Australia.