Born in 1955, Rui Prata began his professional career as a history professor and has been the Director of Braga Image Museum since its opening in 1999. He is the Director of Encontros da Imagem Festival, in which he has participated since it opened in 1987.
Since 1990 he has lectured on contemporary photography throughout Europe and in Brazil, and acted as a curator for both national and international exhibitions. In 2008 he became a member of the Committee Acquisitions of Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris. Prata is a portfolio reviewer for several international festivals, including the Mois de la Photo festivals in Paris et Montreal; PhotoEspanha, Madrid, Spain; Primavera Fotografica, Barcelona, Spain; Month of Photography, Bratislava; Fotobienal de Bienne, Switzerland; Festival of Curituba, Brazil; Fotonoviembre de Tenerife, Spain and Rencontres d’Arles, France.
Rui Prata has a masters in history from Porto university, a post graduate degree in Fine Art direction from Escola Superior Artistica do Porto, and a PhD degree in Curatorial & Contemporary Museology from Porto Fine Arts University.