Austin attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts and graduated in 1995 from Huffman High School. He later attended Alabama A&M University, earning a bachelor's in art education in 2000. He was commissioned to create a mural for Smith Middle School. He is a member of the Birmingham Art Association and one of his images was used in the Random Acts of Art billboard campaign.
Austin's current series, "Jazz it Up!" is comprised of expressive and colorful images of jazz musicians at work.
- Komis, Danielle (February 5, 2007) "Jazz. Birmingham artist uses dad's music influence at early age to convey poetic movement of muscians in his paintings, on display at Carnegie." Decatur Daily
- Birmingham Civil Rights Institue (January 10-31, 2006) "Jazz it Up: Works by Ahmad Austin." exhibition description. - accessed February 6, 2007
- "On the Cover: Ahmad R. Austin" (September 11, 2008) Valley Planet
- Ahmad Austin website