​​​​​Ariane Ahlmann was born in Berlin, Germany. She studied photography and worked as a photographer for the Axel Springer publishing house. Her journalistic focus on art allowed her to get to know established artists and to witness their creative process closely. Ahlmann, who always identified as an artist herself, never went to art school, and her artistic development was rather unconventional. In the late 80s Berlin was the epicenter of Germany's Neo-Expressionism, which had a major influence on Ahlmann's own artistic path. The city's unconventional spirit and subculture was a place for artistic experimentation where everything was possible. It was a wild playground where art, music, and other media overlapped. Experimental theater, short films and murals in open spaces like the Berlin Wall, storefronts, and music venues were Ahlmann's early expressions as an artist. Her painting style back then was clearly influenced by Neo-Expressionism. In collaboration with Berlin artists Ahlmann created illustrations, which she printed on clothes and sold under the name of MOX. Years later, while living in Spain, Ahlmann developed her skills in collage making and wrote and illustrated a children's book and a libretto for a children's ballet. In 2008 the artist, moved to Brooklyn, New York. Encouraged by an art professor from the School of Visual Arts (SVA), who saw her work, Ahlmann approached painting by combining painting and collage. Even though she has distanced herself from collage over the years, elements of her paintings often resemble cutouts. In addition to painting, Ahlmann creates small sculptures made from found objects. The artist is exhibiting her work since 2014. Her paintings and sculptures have been published in art magazines and catalogs.