Tanja Softic´ studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo and earned her M.F.A. in Printmaking from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in 1992. An immigrant to United States from former Yugoslavia, she explores questions of cultural identity, national belonging and experience of exile. She is currently Professor of Art at the University of Richmond.
Tanja Softic is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/ Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship and Soros Foundation—Open Society Institute Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. She participated in 12th International Print Triennial in Cracow, Poland and won a First Prize at the the 5th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Ino-cho Paper Museum in Kochi, Japan in 2002. She completed print projects at Flying Horse Press, Tamarind Institute and Anderson Ranch's Patton Print Studio.
Currently, she is working on a project Looking for Sarajevo, a series of large-scale collages and drawings concerned with concepts of memory and cultural displacement and a photographic project that documents the current state of Sarajevo’s museums and libraries which are closed due to no government funding.