Amina Ahmed was born in East Africa and is a Kutchi Turk Indian. She grew up in England and has lived in Iran and the USA. Ahmed is a graduate of Chelsea School of Art, Winchester School of Art, where she earned a BA. She received her MFA from the Royal College of Art (1991), where she specialized in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts and was awarded the Barakat Trust prize for excellence. A visual artist, educator and activist, Ahmed is a board member for the Muslim Women’s Institute for Research and Development.
Her projects are inspired by her interests in human rights and coalition-building. She has worked with several non-profit art institutions in the US and UK. Her work has been exhibited in the US, South Asia, and Europe. Ahmed is a former studio member of the EFA NYC and is currently a Studio Resident at Mana Contemporary New Jersey. She lives in New Jersey.