David Balzer was born a fraternal twin to a Mennonite family in north Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He studied English literature at the University of Manitoba and at McGill University in Montreal, where he received his MA. He currently resides in Toronto, where he writes books and articles about art and culture and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Art. He is a two-time National Magazine Award–winner; he is also the winner of the 2015 International Award for Art Criticism. He has written two books: a collection of short stories entitled Contrivances (Joyland/ECW Press); and Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else (Coach House Press/Pluto Press).