Kayla Mohammadi is first generation American, born to a Finnish mother and Iranian father in San Francisco, California.

Awards include: American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize in 2014; The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters in 2008 and The Joan Mitchell Artist Residency in New Orleans; The Dedalus Foundation Award for The Vermont Studio School Fellowship in 2008; Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant in 2006; Blanche E. Colman Award in 2004; Constantin Alajalov Scholarship; and Vermont Studio School Fellowship in 2001.

She has served as a juror for the Boston Young Contemporary Exhibition, the Rhode Island Council for the Arts Award in 2009, and Harvard University's Reflection in Action Judging. She is currently a Fine Arts Lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. And has also taught at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA; St. Mary's College in Maryland; UMass Boston; Northeastern University in Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. She received her BFA from University of Washington in Seattle, and MFA from Boston University.

She lives and works in Boston, MA and South Bristol, Maine.