Diana Candelejo was born in Saint Cloud, France. She is a daughter of Ecuadorian parents and raised in Newark, New Jersey. After graduating from Newark's Arts High School in 2008 as an Art major, she received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics and Studio Art from Drew University in 2012. In 2016, she completed her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her interest in socio-economic issues have inspired much of her "political art". Her artwork not only explores social injustice but also embraces the beauty of humanity coming together to fight for equity.