Chris Ehlers was born in Hannover, Germany. She lives and works as a fine artist and yoga instructor in San Mateo, California.

Chris Ehlers earned an MBA from the University of Lüneburg. She received her formal training as a fine artist in painting from the Free Academy of Art Berlin and the Academy for Painting Berlin. Since 2007 she has focused on her artistic career. She ran her own gallery with studio space in Charlottenburg, the artistic hub of West Berlin, before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009. Chris Ehlers is represented by Hang Art in San Francisco and Galerie Kuhn & Partners in Berlin, Germany.