Tanya Ashken was born in in England in 1939.
She studied silver smithing at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, becoming the youngest person to aquire a silver smithing hallmark at just thirteen.
She later studied sculpture at the Atelier de Del Debbio, Impasse Rosin in Paris and at the Camberwell Art School before moving to New Zealand in 1963.
Tanya Ashken has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and examples of her work feature in churches and public collections nationwide.
Tanya Ashken lives in Wellington.