Wanda Koop was born in Vancouver British Columbia in 1951. Her family eventually settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her parents encouraged artistic exploration from an early age, she took Saturday morning art classes as a child. During her adolescence she attended a commercial art school followed by the fine arts program at the University of Manitoba. During her third year of studies, her works were part of a group exhibition at The Winnipeg Art Gallery. works as a painter and video artist.
In the late 1990's Koop was involved in a documentary film that followed Koop and her mother as they traveled to the Ukraine revisiting the country their family fled during the Russian Revolution.
Koop has long been active in community regeneration projects perhaps her best know contribution is Art City. A program she designed to fill the need for free arts programming for inner-city youth.
Koop lives in Winnipeg, but also maintains a residence in Rotterdam, Holland. She travels extensively, the places she visits, media coverage of world events, as well as social and cultural issues influence her work. Aside from her artistic practice she is a committed community activist.
In 2006 she received the Order of Canada. She is a member of The Royal Canadian Academy of Artists.