Omary Adam Ally started to paint as an apprentice to the Tingatinga artist Rashidi Milanzi in 1973 when he was seventeen.
Omary has a very personal style, which combines great technical quality with a vivid creativity. He is a member of the CTAPS, The Craft and Tingatinga Arts Promotion Society in Dar es Salaam, and paints at his studio at the Morogoro Stores, which he shares with a few other Tinga-tinga artists.