Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin currently based in Boston, Massachusetts, Jamal developed an early interest in art at the age of 14 from a local artist residing in Milwaukee. Jamal's works consist of portraiture (oil painting) and abstract expressionism (mixed medium). Jamal is influenced by Kara Walker and Henry Ossawa Tanner. In his writing and visual works, Jamal recognizes the shoulders in which he stands, on paying homage to literary giants like such, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni.
In 2013, Jamal attended the Art Institute of Wisconsin, majoring in Graphic Design (AAS). Following, his studies at the Art Institute of Wisconsin, Jamal attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee receiving his BFA. In between publishing works of art, writing residences and living in his truth, as an educator Jamal is commonly known for his ability to foster connections between visual images and words.
"Art is certainly a form of expression that provides viewers with an opportunity into one's mind. It is a very unique form of storytelling, self-care and social justice. Growing up, art classes and workshops weren't something that I could just sign up for every week. In order to be surrounded by creative young people, I had to attend an arts school which wasn't until college. My role as an artist is to produce work that is not only beautiful or pretty but also to approach difficult social and political circumstances, with the intent to raise awareness and encourage direct action and sustain diversity."