Emilija is a native of Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia. As a child she was always painting and drawing. A friend of the family, who was an established painter, nurtured her fascination with art allowing her to visit his studio and delight in all the art materials and works in progress.
Pasagic attended Belgrad University where she studied landscape architecture. While at the university she met her husband and after graduation the two worked together as designers. When hostilities arose in the region during the early 90's the couple decided to immigrate to Canada where they settled in Toronto, Ontario. The move to Canada sparked an artistic rejuvenation. She quickly became involved in the vibrant Toronto art scene, joining "The Collard Street Artistic Cooperative" and VAO (Visual Arts Ontario).
Pasagic admires the works of many different artists but has a special appreciation for the works of Mersad Berber. She sees her artwork as a person expression, an expression that is rooted in her love and fascination with people and their intricate relationships with each other.