Anna Torma was born in Tarnaörs, Hungary in 1952 and graduated with a degree in Textile Art and Design from the Hungarian University of Applied Arts, Budapest in 1979. She has been an exhibiting artist since that time, and has produced mainly large-scale hand embroidered wall hangings and collages. She immigrated to Canada in 1988, and has lived and worked in Baie Verte, New Brunswick since 2002.
Torma has exhibited her work internationally and is represented in many public collections, including: the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; La Peau de l'Ours, Montreal; Foreign Affairs Art Collection, Ottawa; MSVU Art Gallery and AGNS, Halifax; New Brunswick Art Bank and Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton; and Mint Museum, Charlotte.
In 2005, Torma received a UNESCO Aschberg Foundation Bursary to attend a residency at Cooperations in Wiltz, Luxembourg; in 2007, she was a recipient of the Canada Council's Paris Studios Grant; and in 2008 she received the Strathbutler Award from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation. Her major solo exhibition, Bagatelles, was mounted first at the New Brunswick Museum, Saint John (2012), travelled to Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle (2013), the Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa (2014) and Galerie 1700 La Poste, Montreal(2016)
Torma is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and was a 2014 recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor's Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts.