About Us

Pike Place Market artist Wais Ali creates rich acrylic paintings, prints, tote bags, and T-shirts inspired by his home country of Djibouti, East Africa.

He has been interested in the visual arts ever since he was young and has created things his whole life. Wais honed his skills in school and graduated from the Institute Djiboutian of Artists (IDA) in 2008.

Wais showed his work in several galleries before landing a permanent spot in Pike Place Market’s Crafts Market in 2015.

In 2021, Wais painted a large-scale pop-up mural in the Market and participated in Woodland Park Zoo’s Wild at Heart campaign.

Stop by Wais’ table in our Crafts Market and meet the artist behind these stunning paintings.