Ellen Fuhr was born in Berlin in 1958. After training as a biology lab technician, she studied painting and graphic arts at the University of Fine Arts in Dresden under Gerhard Kettner from 1978 to 1983. From 1986 to 1989 she was Kettner's master student at the Academy of Arts of the GDR. In addition to numerous exhibitions, she participated in 1987/88 in the X. Art Exhibition of the GDR in Dresden. As a member of the Pankow Artists Group, she was also part of the Forum Amalienpark Gallery founded by Gerhard Wolf in 1997. She lived and worked in Berlin and on Hiddensee. Fuhr passed away in Berlin in 2017.