E.R.N.A. was born Elke Riemer in Lichtenstein (Saxony) in 1954. In addition to train­ing as a children’s nurse, she attended the Academy of Art in Dresden as an evening student. From 1979 to 1984 she studied art there under Gerhard Kettner. In 1982, to­gether with Paul Böckelmann, she acquired old farm buildings in Altenau (Branden­burg), which they converted into an art workshop. In 2004 a producer‘s gallery was opened, also in Altenau (Lower Saxony), where E.R.N.A. lives and works.