Ali Omar Ermes was educated in both Libya and England. He is a writer and painter and worked as a freelance writer for nearly ten years. In 1974 he was appointed as a consultant to the London-based World of Islam Festival, which took place in 1976, and travelled widely during the course of this consultancy. In 1981 he settled in London with his family, where he has lived and worked ever since. His work is based on Arabic letters, and he often uses excerpts from Arabic and world literature addressing social and moral issues that have resonance today. He is involved with numerous cultural and intellectual institutions and is chairman of the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, London. With many publications and over sixty solo and group exhibitions worldwide, his works have been acquired by both public institutions and private collectors in the Middle East, Europe, the USA and East Asia.