Natia Lemay (b. 1985 in Toronto, Ontario) is an Afro-indigenous artist and curator of Black, Mi'kmaw, and Settler descent. Raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in government housing by her mother Louise Lemay, she spent time between her and her Father, Albert Carty: a Black Mi'kmaw Soap Stone sculptor from New Brunswick, Canada.
Natia Lemay received her BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design (2021) in drawing/painting with a minor in social sciences and her MFA from Yale School of Art (2023) in painting/printmaking. Natia's work is necessarily interdisciplinary to address the expansive conditions under which IBPOC people live.
Drawing on childhood experiences of poverty, addiction, injustice, racism, neglect, and trauma, she explores how these conditions were subsequently products of the conditions and constructions of colonialism, systemic erasure, socialized and systemic racism, social inequity, and capitalism.
She explores themes of identity, orientation, hypervisibility, invisibility, and consciousness through multiple mediums and installations to problematize the conditions that have attempted to erase the humanity of racialized, indigenous and gendered people.