Born in Lattakia in 1956, Mustafa Ali graduated from the Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University; in 1979. He continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Italy. He created Makan (Place), an organisation to promote art movement in Damascus and he won several awards. He held several exhibitions in Damascus, Aleppo, Beirut, Manama, Amman, and Paris. He also participated in group exhibitions in Switzerland, Turkey, the US, Italy, and the UAE. In his work, Ali makes a fusion of the visual and cultural heritage of Syria, on the one hand, and modern art trends, on the other. Through the relationship between the human and the animal bodies, Ali expresses his inspiration by local civilisations in a contemporary art style.