Moyra Davey was born in Toronto in 1958 and currently lives and works in New York. She earned a B.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal in 1982 and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego, in 1988. In 2004 she was awarded the Anonymous Was a Woman Award.

Davey's solo and two-person exhibitions include Speaker Receiver, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2010); My Necropolis, Murray Guy, New York (2009); Long Life Cool White, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge (2008); Fifty Minutes, Gallery Goodwater, Toronto (2007); Monologues, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2006); Moyra Davey, American Fine Arts Co., New York (2003); and Moyra Davey, Peter Doig, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York (1994).

Group exhibitions include Mixed Use, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2010); White Noise, James Cohan Gallery, New York (2009); Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium Since 1960, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2008); L'Argent, Le Plateau, Paris (2008); When Artists Say We, Artists Space, New York (2006); and Bottle: Contemporary Art and Vernacular Tradition, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Conn. (2004).

Davey is the author of Long Life Cool White (2008) and The Problem of Reading (2003), as well as the editor of Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood (2001).