Nicolas de Oliveira is a curator, writer, and academic. He is the former Director of Research and Curatorial Projects at Montabonel & Partners, and the Course Leader of the Masters Programme Curating the Contemporary at London Metropolitan University in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery. He was a founding director of Unit 7 Gallery (1986-89), the Museum of Installation (1990-2003), and Notice Gallery (2005-8), curating over 200 individual and collective installation projects in London, Berlin, Brussels, Mexico City, Los Angeles and other locations. He also co-directs SE8, a project space with a programme of new commissions. His co-authored books include Installation art, and Installation art in the New Millennium: Empire of the Senses, (Thames & Hudson, 1994 and 2003), two major international surveys of the practice. He co-wrote a series of artist’s books and monographs on Hans Op de Beeck (Belgium), Stefan Brüggemann (Mexico) and Patrick Jolley (Ireland).
His first novella, entitled Sand was published in 2011 by Ludion as part of the book Hans Op de Beeck: Sea of Tranquillity. His short fiction book on Antonin Artaud, The Door Ajar, and the monograph Patrick Jolley: All that Falls were published by Gandon Editions, in 2012 and 2013. He has contributed texts and papers to conferences and academic books, as well as writing numerous essays for exhibition catalogues. His imprint ‘Mulberry Tree Press’, begun in 2010, specializes in publications and vinyl editions on contemporary artists. He was an artistic advisor to the Busan Biennale: Garden of Learning (2012) curated by Roger M. Buergel, as well as a member of the Jury Committee for the Nam June Paik Prize (2016); he was also the chair of the think tank Media in the Expanded Field held at Casa Wabi, Mexico (2016).