Natalia Laluq is Toronto based visual and ceramic artist, who studied drawing and painting from well recognized Ukrainian painter Olga Krylova (1983-86). Natalia received her Masters of Graphics at the Kyiv Polytechnic University in Ukraine in 1993. She worked along with 25 other ceramic artists at the Honchary Cooperative in Ukraine’s capital city from 1991 to 2003. The artist is internationally known for her paintings and ceramics work. She has shown her paintings and ceramics in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy, South Korea, Canada and the USA. Laluq has won several awards and honourable mentions for her works.
Since immigrating to Canada in 2003, the artist has been developing her Canadiana Project. In 2007 she was awarded a project grant from the Ontario Arts Council and exhibited the Canadiana at one of Ontario's public gallery - Station Gallery in Whitby. The exhibition was curated by Olexander Wlasenko.
In 2011, on her visit to San Miguel, Mexico, Natalia Laluq met Toller Cranston, Canadian figure skating champion and Olympic bronze medalist, as well as painter and avid collector of Mexican ceramics. Fascinated by his life story, Natalia, with support of the Ontario Art Council, envisioned and produced Tollermania project, that was presented at Toller Cranston's studio in 2014.
The project, a series of 452 handmade porcelain plates, painted in blue cobalt, was presented as an installation, as well as a “stop-motion” film, where each plate is used as a key frame. A supporting documentary explored the artistic concept: Post Industrial Hand-Labourism.
Natalia works at Studio 5 - shared and collaborative space in Toronto’s midtown.