Graduating in science initially, Alla has enjoyed a successful career in art. Among her high-profile commissions are the renowned portraits of Prince Charles and Dame Darcey Bussell. Her artworks featured on the front pages of The Times (UK) and Bild (Germany), as well as in the Guardian, Independent, Jackdaw Art Review, The Times's Art Review, Art Industry, Hello, ITV, BSN, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, Dancing Times, and other international press and media .
Alla led her ‘innovation in portraiture' seminar series 'The Changing Face of Portraiture' at the National Portrait Gallery in London debating issues of contemporary portraiture with leading artists and critics such as Maggi Hambling and Tim Marlow; The Times (UK) was the series' Media Partner.
She exhibited worldwide. Her painting series 'The 20th-century Dictators' turned into an animation titled 'Christ Is Not An Aryan' was screened on the Europe's largest digital screen on top of the Axel Springer Building in Berlin; the local press at the time called the exhibit "The thing to see in Berlin". Her experimental works on transforming traditional representational art into '5D paintings' through digital technologies, 'Instigative Heads', were shown as an interactive augmented reality exhibition at Shunt, London.
Prints of her 'Opera Portraits' of the world-renowned opera singers Dmitry Hvorostovsky, John Tomlinson, Bryn Terfel, Willard White, Jose Cura, Marcello Alvarez, Felicity Lott, and Angela Gheorghiu, were sold at the Royal Opera House.
Her work is in the collections of the Royal College of Music, BBC Public Ownership Collection, Royal Ballet, University of Hull, University of London, Russian Academy of Science, and other public and private collections.
She is a RSA Fellow and a recipient of the ‘Gold Medal' of the Lead Publishing Awards, the Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence Award, and the UK Millennium Award.
In 2007 Alla started her Social Art project in Kenya, MASK, that hopes to change the education paradigm and strengthen the creativity of young Africans. MASK has exhibited at UNESCO in Paris and Seoul, the Saatchi Gallery, Turner Contemporary, Nairobi National Museum, Library of Congress, Woodrow Wilson Center, White House in Washington DC and many other platforms. The programme was acclaimed by the Harvard University's Global Education Innovation Initiative, the Results For Development Institute's Center for Education Innovations, UNESCO InSEA, and recognised by Barack and Michelle Obama.
Alla writes an art and creativity column 'How to Look at Art" at the leading national newspaper in Kenya The Star and contributes to other publications in the UK and USA. She leads her The Great WALK of Art in London to support MASK.