Al Saralis was born and brought up in a Welsh mining town in the Rhymney Valley, and his name derives from Greek ancestry. He now lives and works in Hampshire UK. Since graduating from Cardiff with a BA Hon Degree in Fine Art, the human figure has been his main source of inspiration. His paintings are composed of a single figure and, although stripped of obvious narrative, this leads to our own enquiring thoughts and interpretations. Saralis’s paintings have an enduring and haunting quality that evokes a personal connection and allow much to interpretation. ‘I have always been interested in the classical beauty of Renaissance painting, and this alongside my fascination with the human form has led my work to develop to where it is now. I use a restricted number of models to try and achieve my aim, which is to create something that is beautiful as well as interesting, contemporary as well as classical; something timeless.’
In 2015, the US-based publication ‘Complex’ named Saralis one of the Top British Artists to invest in. He has also been a featured artist in Creative Boom Magazine. He exhibits at galleries in the UK, and at Scapegoat in South Africa; he has recently sold work to collectors in France, Germany, USA, and Australia.