Alenka Sottler was born in Ljubljana. She studied painting under Professor Andrej Jemec at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. She graduated in 1981. She continued her studies with a specialization in painting under Professor Andrej Jemec, and completed it in 1983.
In 2014, she won the Prešeren Fund Award for her exhibitions at the Kibla Gallery in Maribor and at the Alkatraz Gallery in Ljubljana in 2012. There she exhibited her illustration works Good Morning and Good Day as well as the book illustrations for the Albert Camus novel The Stranger.