Ellen Berkenblit was born in Patterson, New Jersey. She studied at The Cooper Union, New York, New York and received her B.F.A in 1980. Berkenblit currently lives and works in New York City.
Berkenblit describes her work: “My work is figurative. The figures I choose have one purpose: they carry the line that I wish to draw. The figures are not symbolic; they don't represent anyone or anything in particular. They are the perfect excuse to get the first line going. Sometimes it is not the line that starts this domino effect - it can be a color. After that, it's accident built on accident - a chain reaction of select accidents.”