León de la Barra is the Curator for Latin America at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and co-curator at MASP, Sao Paulo; from 2013 to 2016 he was the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America at the former institution. He was also Director of Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro during 2015-16. He has curated, among many exhibitions ‘Incidents of Mirror Travel in Yucatan and Elsewhere’ (2011) at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; ‘Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today’ (2014-16) at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Museo Jumex in Mexico City and South London Gallery, London; ‘Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster / Temporama’ (2015) at MAM, Rio de Janeiro; ‘United States of Latin America’ (2015) co-curated with Jens Hoffmann at MOCAD in Detroit. León de la Barra was one of the curators of SITE Santa Fe Biennal 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and founder and co-curator of the Bienal Tropical, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011 and 2016).
He has written for various publications, participated in numerous international symposiums and conferences. In 2012 he was awarded the first Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Independent Curators International Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean in honor of Virginia Pérez-Ratton. León de la Barra is in the advisory boards of the Luis Barragán Foundation, Mexico City; the CIFO, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami; Despacio, Costa Rica; and the Davidoff Art Initiative, Zurich. He holds a PhD in History and Theories from the Architectural Association, London.