Born in Havana, Cuba, Amelie Zell attended the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes. In 1940, she continued her training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and was awarded a Cresson Traveling Scholarship.
World War II prevented travel in Europe, so Zell chose instead to study in Mexico, and later toured the Southwestern United States, the Isle of Pines and the West Indies.
Zell received several first prizes for her life sculpture and drawing while at the Academia Nacional in Havana. She since exhibited her work individually in Havana and Cape May, New Jersey, and in group shows at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
Zell was a member of the Philadelphia Art Alliance Sculpture Committee, and a member and Recording Secretary of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She was also a founding member of the Seven Arts Group in Philadelphia. Her sculpture, "Family Group", is found in the Tomlin Memorial Hospital in New Jersey, and her sculpture "Eagle" can be viewed at the Harrowgate Memorial Park in Philadelphia.