Born in 1958, Huang Zhuan graduated from History Department, Central China Normal University in 1982 and studied for a master degree in Chinese Art History in Hubei Institute of Fine Arts from 1985 to 1988. He is now a professor and MA student tutor, director of OCT Contemporary Art Center since 2005.
Since the 1980s he has been participating in contemporary art activities in different ways: editing Art Trends from 1985 to 1987, jointly curating the oil painting section of "The First 90's Guangzhou Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art" in 1992, facelifting Gallery from 1994 to 1996, working as a specially appointed research fellow and curator at He Xiangning Art Museum since 1997, jointly curating "Re-interpreting: The First Guangzhou Triennial" in 2002.
Among the most important projects he organized, there are "The First Contemporary Art Academic Invitation Exhibition" (1996), "Beyond the Future: The Third Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art (China section)" (1999), " Transplantation in Situ: The Fourth Shenzhen Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition” (2001), "Mural Project in Overseas Chinese Town Station of the Shenzhen Subway" (2004), "Create History: Commemoration Exhibition of Chinese Modern Art in 1980s" (2006), "Symptom: A Large Stage Work by Wang Jianwei" (2008), "The Politics of Vision: Another Wang Guangyi" (2008), "Silence: Zhang Peili's Solo Exhibition" (2008), "State Legacy: Research in the Visualisation of Political History" (2009), "Ink Alchemy: Gu wenda Experimental Ink Exhibition" (2010), "Possible Vocabulary Games: Xu Tan Language Workshop" (2011), etc.
Specialized in ancient and contemporary studies, with Yan Shanchun he jointly published Issues in Contemporary Art (Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House, 1992), Pattern, Taste and Value of Literati Painting (Shanghai Shuhua Press, 1993), Pan Tianshou (Tianjin Yangliuqing Publishing House, 1998), apart from Thought and Action in the Art World (Peking University Press, 2010), a collection of critic essays on contemporary art.