Ariane Ahlmann was born in former West Berlin, Germany. The city's unconventional spirit and subculture of the 1980's were Ahlmann's early artistic influence. While she roamed the streets of Berlin as a photographer for the Axel Springer publishing house, it was the underground music scene and the counterculture in the borough of Kreuzberg that became Ahlmann's first artistic platform. Spray painting, textile painting and street art were some of her early artistic experiments, influenced by the punk and squatter scene of Kreuzberg. Like many of her fellow artists Ahlmann had no formal art education. The teaching ground was Kreuzberg's legendary club SO36 and the art scene around 'Moritzplatz', epicenter of the German neo-expressionism. After the fall of the Berlin Wall Ahlmann moved to Barcelona, Spain. Since 2008 Ahlmann lives and works in Brooklyn, New York as a full time artist.