Saqi Ali is a self-taught calligrapher with a practice in calligraphy both in the gallery and in advertising. Starting of with writing on Takhti (wooden Slate) and school books Ali got the chance to convert his passion into his profession, when he got a job in an urdu daily news paper of Hyderabad. Here he learnt the basics of professional techniques, and started practicing on his own under the guidance of senior colleagues.
He came across the work of Sadequain and started follow his free style of calligraphy.
Ali has participated in many shows including a solo and many group shows. He is also the recipient of the Sadequain Award in 2004 (2nd in Calligraphy).