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 short films were her early forms of artistic expressions. Except for a degree in photography and non-degree studies in filmmaking at the HdK Berlin, 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 at the FU Berlin, worked in filmmaking, and moved to Barcelona, Spain. Since 2008 Ahlmann has been living in Brooklyn, New York as a full time artist.