Hello, my name is Alia Raffia Ullah. I was born and live in Manchester, UK. Growing up, I visited Lahore where I fell in love with my South Asian heritage and Punjabi roots. Mughal Art and Architecture especially fascinated me; I loved its beauty and romance. I began my journey of watercolour painting influenced by the Mughal Miniature tradition, with my own perspective, creating imagined landscapes using vivid colours.
As a teenager, I regularly visited museums and galleries looking for art I could be inspired by. I became interested in how and what museums and galleries considered as ‘art’ worthy to collect or exhibit. I completed my BA in Heritage Studies, which is a combination of Art History and Archaeology, and then pursued an MA in Art Galleries and Museum Studies. I am now very lucky to work in a world-class museum surrounded by amazing objects that tell so many stories. If you would like to find out more about Mughal art and heritage, check out the Mughal Museum.
When I am not painting or in a museum or gallery, I sew and create outfits inspired by my art. I am passionate about ethical fashion and actively campaign against modern-day slavery.
I’ve had a lot of fun painting and I am so grateful for everyone who joins me on the adventure. Your love and support is such a blessing, so thank you all from the very bottom of my heart.