An original European avantgarde artist, Katalin Ladik is a Hungarian poet, performance artist and actress. She was born in Novi Sad in Yugoslavia (now called Serbia) 1942, has been working since the 60s, in Novi Sad, Hungary and Croatia. She writes poems, creates sound poems and visual poems, performance art, writes and performs experimental music and audio plays. She is an experimental artist creating and performing happenings, mail art, experimental and theatrical plays. She explores language through visual and vocal expressions, as well as movement and gestures. Her work includes collages, photography, records, performances and happenings in both urban and natural environments.
She has also been an early feminist artist and an activist through her body of work during the cold war communist area.
Katalin Ladik became known after 1962 through her surreal and erotic poems. In addition to a number of books in Hungarian, volumes of her poetry were published in Yugoslavia, France, Italy and the United States. Her poems also appeared in various magazines and anthologies worldwide, translated into Spanish, German, Polish, Bulgarian, Slovakian, Hindi, Chinese, Indonesian, Romanian, Macedonian, Rusyn and Slovenian.
In 2016, she was awarded with the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace.