Ariane Ahlmann was born in Berlin, Germany. The city's unconventional spirit and subculture were Ahlmann's early artistic influence. While working as a photographer for the Axel Springer publishing house, it was the underground art scene that became Ahlmann's first artistic platform. Street art, experimental theater, and film were her early forms of artistic expressions. Ahlmann had no formal art education. Her teaching ground was the art scene in the borough of Kreuzberg, the epicenter of the German neo-expressionism. In the following years Ahlmann received a Master of Arts in literature, worked in filmmaking, and moved to Barcelona Spain. Since 2008 Ahlmann has been living in Brooklyn, New York as a full time artist.