Jiri Ptacek lives in Prague and is an independent curator and art critic. Throughout his career he has collaborated with several galleries and art magazines working in the field of contemporary art. He worked as an editor-in-chief of Umelec magazine, an international art magazine published in Prague (2003-2006), and as curator of NoD Gallery in Prague (2007-2008) and the Gallery of Young Artists in Brno (2011). Between 2009 and 2011, he taught in the Video Studio of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno. In the summer of 2012 he became the new curator of Fotograf Gallery in Prague.
He is one of the constituent members of Ateliér Бања Лука, an international initiative of young artist and curators focusing on models of collaborative practice. For the last few years he has run a community gallery, 'Zutý Mánes', in České Budějovice, together with artist Michal Vavrečka.