Zatara McIntyre was born in Miami, Florida. She was recently awarded the 2017 Kossak Travel Grant, Havana Cuba, and is a 2018 Artist in Residence in the CalArts Extended Residency Program. She is an artist educator that has taught in Harlem and Brooklyn, and has lectured with the  Andrew W. Mellon Arts Fellowship Program. She is a graduate of Florida International University, and earned an MFA in painting at Hunter College.