Leopold Plotek was born in Moscow, USSR, in 1948, and emigrated to Canada from Warsaw, Poland in 1960.
He was educated at McGill and at Sir George Williams University, where he was the pupil of Roy Kiyooka and Yves Gaucher, and at the Slade School of Art under William Townsend. He lives and works in Montreal, where he is also Professor of Fine Art at Concordia University.
Since 1976, Plotek’s work has been exhibited in 28 solo shows in Toronto and Montreal. His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions over the years, most notably at the National Gallery of Canada’s Inaugural Exhibition, at the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, and the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal. Recent exhibitions include a retrospective at Toronto's Koffler Art Gallery, entitled No Work, Nor Device, Nor Knowledge, Nor Wisdom, and a show is in planning at the Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal. Plotek is represented by the Corkin Gallery in Toronto.
Plotek’s works are held by major public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, the Musee National des beaux-arts du Quebec, and the Canada Council. His work can also be found in numerous corporate and private collections.