Aliya Riaz is the creative force behind Portfauxlio Inc. She started the company in New Jersey in 2000 with the firm conviction that a great service backed by trust, accountability and putting clients first would gain a foothold in an often haphazard industry.
Aliya is a BBC trained broadcast journalist and has worked on television and radio for over a decade. She gave in to her passion for the decorative arts by enrolling in a two year intensive course in decorative techniques, color theory and period design at London’s City and Guilds Institute in England. She is one of a handful of City and Guilds certificated Interior Decorative Artists in the U.S.
Much of her craft has been passed down from recipes of master craftsmen over the centuries and uses age old formulas. Aliya was very fortunate to work with the late Master craftsman Brian Rhodes, a gifted decorative painter and writer of several definitive books on the history and application of interior decorative techniques including “Parry’s Marbling and Graining”. She also studied trompe l’oeil with Pierre Finkelstein, author of “The Art of Faux”. Another important influence was and is Dean Sickler — a professional decorative painter and a teacher of his craft — who helped Aliya with the transition of switching to American material, along with instilling a great interest in the study of plaster.
Aliya teaches at Dundean Studios in Chatham, NJ. She also conducts demonstrations of decorative technique work for Sherwin Williams and Janovic Plaza Paints in New York City.
Chatham, New Jersey
Portfauxlio is owned by Aliya Riaz, and was established in the Garden State of New Jersey in 2000.
Portfauxlio Inc. undertakes a wide range of projects - from simple to complex - always with the same degree of care and exacting standards. We use the best materials sourced from all over the world for their quality, durability and eco-friendliness.
Portfauxlio carries full Professional Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance.
Portfauxlio Inc. is dedicated to meeting the expectations of our clients on every project — large or small. We provide a high degree of craftsmanship and take great pride in a job well done. We aim for minimal disruption during the course of a project and always endeavor to make it an enriching experience for our clients. Personal attention — from design concept to completion — is a tradition.