Photo of Natalie Waldburger
Photo of Natalie Waldburger
Natalie Majaba Waldburger
Associate Professor
Faculty of Art, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Sculpture/Installation, Life Studies Specialization for Art, Science, and the Humanities, Drawing and Painting, Figuration and representation, Sustainability and Environmental Justice


Natalie attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, the Ontario College of Art and Design, and NSCAD University, studying Women’s Studies, Drawing and Painting, and Media Arts respectively. Having recently stepped down as the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media at OCAD University, she is currently cross-appointed there in Drawing and Painting and Cross-disciplinary Studies.  Natalie has been part of the team developing the Life Studies specialization, a new area of study in the Faculty of Art designed to expand the study of the body and bodies as related to ideas of embodiment, issues of representation, the environment, ecosystems, and the interplay between science, technology and studio inquiries. She has also taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the Media Arts Department where she completed her MFA. 

Natalie Majaba Waldburger‘s figurative paintings present the duplicated individual and explore notions of doubling, delusion, gender ambiguity and identity. These themes reappear in her ongoing text based series; where she buries clinical definitions from the Diagnostic Manual for Psychiatry under a multilayered wax surface. She carefully and partially exposes buried excerpts from the DSM, which create a kind of hidden diagnoses, through methods of peeling and excavation into the waxy surface.   The selection of text that is exposed obscures the meaning of the clinical disorder and renders the original definitions unclear, illegible and incongruous.  Natalie’s recent work developed out of the Bio Art residency at School of Visual Art, NYC and her collaborative work with the Drawing Board collective.  In the resulting installation and performance work she explores the interdisciplinary connections between scientific and social systems and creativity.

Natalie has exhibited widely in Canada, the U.S. and Europe; in cities such as Berlin, Florence, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami. Natalie is included in Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting and has been mentioned in such publications as The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, C Magazine, Canadian House and Home and Canadian Art Magazine. 


NSCAD University, Halifax, NS, MFA

Queen's University, Women's Studies, Kingston, ON, B.A.

OCAD, Fine Art, Toronto, ON, AOCA

Sheridan College, Post-graduate Diploma, New Media Design