Octavio Zaya, born in 1954 in the Canary Islands, Spain, is a writer, curator, and editor who has been living in the United States since 1978. He is the Director of Atlántica: Journal of Art and Thought, published by the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. He is also Curator at Large for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MUSAC) of Castilla y León, as well as Guest Curator at CAAM. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Performa, New York, and of NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Duke University Press; a contributing editor of Flash Art; and a regular contributor to several art publications, including Art Agenda, New York; Arte Al Dia, Miami, and ART-IT, Tokyo. He was one of the curators of Documenta11, under the directorship of Okwui Enwezor, and a curator at the 1st and 2nd Johannesburg Biennials. He has curated over 25 exhibitions in museums such as the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, MNCARS, Madrid; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Helsinki City Art Museum; MARCO, Vigo, Spain; Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark; and Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona. He has published over 20 monographic books and catalogues devoted to contemporary artists, including those on Cerith Wyn Evans, Paul Pfeiffer, Shirin Neshat, Georges Adéagbo, Candice Breitz, Yinka Shonibare, and Miki Kratsman, in addition to contributing to many other publications.
Portrait © Octavio Zaya.