Tanya was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She started drawing and sculpting from a very young age. By the time she was 15, Tanya was studying anatomy, which included sketching cadavers at the USC medical center. She learned the lost wax casting process by making jewelry in her teens - always conceptually figurative. She also studied many forms of dance: modern, jazz, and ballet and was performing in a ballet company before going to college.
Tanya Ragir graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1976 with a B.A. in Art and Dance. Her work is in permanent collections of the Total Art Museum, Seoul, Korea; Rose Museum at Brandeis University; Columbia College of Dance; and Cerro Cosa College. Her work has been internationally collected and is represented in the Frederick Weisman collection, among others. “Moment in Time”, a large public commission for the City of Brea, was recently installed, and she is currently working on a site specific project for the Joffrey Ballet Company of Chicago
Tanya lives in West Los Angeles with her son Jonah. Her daughter Sophie, is attending Barnard College in New York.