A.J. Mohammed was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, where he lives to today. He enjoyed making art since childhood and started selling his work in the late 1960's. He was a construction worker and lived in Maryland and Tennessee. When he returned to his hometown in 1977 he was blinded by a shotgun blast. When he started making art he was a painter. After being blinded he switched to carving. He carves human heads, snakes, animals, and walking sticks. He was included in the exhibition "Folk Art: From the Collection of Sally M. Griffiths."