Natalya Kochak was born in New York and has since spent time in many different places, from Alabama to Chicago, Berlin to Beijing. She graduated with her BFA and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now resides in Miami.
Natalya is currently a professor at Miami International University in the visual arts department. She was an artist-in-residence in 2018- 2019 with ProjectArt, teaching displaced teenagers and students from underserved school districts three times a week at the Model City branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library System. Recently, she finished doing a mural for the non- profit Raw Project that places artists in under-served schools across the United States to brighten the walls and promote student engagement.
In 2018, she completed a residency and served as a visiting professor at the Lido Art Center in Guangzhou, China. In 2010, she received a residency with the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing and in 2011 traveled to Berlin for a three-month residency with Takt Kunstprojektraum. She also received a Kickstarter grant to teach art in Uganda for two months. While there she worked on her own projects and created a community mural with her students. Upcoming, in 2021, Natalya will be attending Jentel Artist Residency in Wyoming.