Edina Seleskovic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was an exchange student in the United States when the destructive Bosnian War displaced Edina from her home and family. Turning to her art for solace, her sculpted and painted 3-dimensional female figures provided a powerful emotional anchor, enabling her to artistically channel her torment and angst into her art.
In 1999, she received a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. Her works have been exhibited in over 40 group and solo shows across the US, in Europe, and Asia.
Edina’s public works include several interesting projects. They all are about challenges, about connecting cultures, about communicating individual and universal plight. It started with a large mural at the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the invitation of the Bosnian Prime Minister while she was still a student. She collaborated with Bosnia’s famous artist Adin Hebib for the first time then. This collaboration continued on other projects and in 2004 they together ventured into creating a large mural/sculpture at the entrance of the tallest building in Bosnia and Herzegovina Avaz Business Tower. This piece is 30 feet tall and 89 feet wide. Edina continued her public works with sculpture Dress for a Princess commissioned as a gift for the British royal couple to be married in 2011. Her collaboration with conceptualist Alexander Viscio led to the pilot Artist in Residence project and a public sculpture that was an installation and a large public performance with 1000 local students involved. Project titled Occupy Air continued as the Austrian Ministry of Culture commissioned them to build such sculpture in Sarajevo for the 100 anniversary of the assassination of Duke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, which instigated the First World War. Edina’s projects are only getting bigger and more complex. In 2015 she initiated the large public arts project titled Think Freedom with 3000 sculptural pieces shaped as stylized birds that carried messages from young Bosnian students about what Freedom means to them. Originated in Sarajevo, Think Freedom is planned to travel to four capital cities of Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Macedonia and in the Spring of 2016 it will be presented in New York at the Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza. In 2016 Edina will also build a 26 feet tall Solar Tree in New Hampshire, a public sculpture and a monument that will promote and educate about the sustainable sources of energy, while building a community around it.
Edina is at home often. In 2007, Bosnia issued a Special Edition Postage Stamp featuring a painting by Edina Seleskovic. Bosnian National Basketball Team wore jerseys specially designed by Edina for the Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia. She is the founder of the first Artist in Residence program in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the International Atelier Ismet Mujezinovic in Tuzla, with the support of the American Embassy in Sarajevo and the International Portrait Gallery in Tuzla.
Edina’s life and art have been a subject of numerous magazine articles, radio and TV shows, and a Voice of America TV documentary titled “Edina’s Story.” She is a recipient of Sculpture Space Fellowship for 2010/2011 and Can Serrat residency in Barcelona, Spain in 2011, Gosce Gallery residency in Austria in 2014, and Sam and Adele Golden Foundation fellowship in 2015. She lives and works in New York and Sarajevo.