Global Art Daily (GAD) is an independent publication amplifying local voices of the global art world. Our mission is to shine light on contemporary art to promote cross-cultural dialogues. Characterized by the rise of international art fairs and biennales, the preponderance of social media, and greater mobility for artists and curators, we believe contemporary art today cannot be studied from an isolated regional viewpoint.


Our motto is “Welcome to the (rest of the) world.” We do not confine ourselves to the art world capitals but seek stories and artistic projects happening at the peripheries. This is made possible by GAD's mobile team of editors and contributors with complex multicultural identities, aiming to connect the nodes of the polycentric art world. 


Our beginnings take us back to Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. GAD was founded in 2015 by Sophie Arni during her undergraduate studies at NYU Abu Dhabi. Inspired by Abu Dhabi's bold cultural investments and global museums outlook, we have prioritized a wide geographical coverage since our inception. We have also remained loyal to our Abu Dhabi-based readership, as GAD has been the platform of choice for many emerging artists, curators, and writers to reflect on the growing contemporary art scene of the UAE.


From Abu Dhabi, GAD's digital reach has expanded to the Middle East, Asia, the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. Through our articles and interviews, we aim to promote conversations between emerging artists and established figures of the art world. Our accumulated archive of web articles encompasses exhibition reviews, opinion essays, and artist interviews.


GAD is comprised of GAD Magazine, a bilingual magazine printed in Japan, and E-Issuesa digital publication with city-based issues. All GAD publications are entirely self-funded and volunteer-based.

Four Continents

We have collectively written articles in 17 different cities for GAD. Some artists we interviewed include Shirin Neshat, Slavs and Tartars, and Yang Yongliang. See GAD's full archive of articles dating from 2015 to 2018



In 2017, we designed and produced a capsule collection of merchandise and ready-to-wear. Entitled "Global Art Daily x abu dhabi", Global Art Daily's first collection was inspired by the cities of Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles with the tag line "Abu Dhabi is the New Calabasas." Silhouettes were interpreted from the traditional Emirati abaya and the collection, all made locally in Abu Dhabi, premiered at a special pop-up shop at Salwa Zeidan Gallery, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort.

Print Magazine

In 2018, we launched GAD Magazine, a bilingual (English-Japanese) magazine about the global era of contemporary art. GAD Magazine Issue 01, Street Futures, was printed in Japan in March 2018. It includes contributions and interviews from Argentina, Australia, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and China and focused on street art's relationship to the institutionalized art world. GAD Magazine Issue 02, All Girls Are Spicypublished in September 2018, was dedicated to women artists, and included contributions from the U.S., Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, France, and Japan. GAD Magazine is distributed in specialized art bookstores worldwide including at Artbook MoMA PS1, New York, and Tsutaya T-Site, Tokyo.


Following the coronavirus pandemic, Global Art Daily has launched its first E-Issues in the summer of 2020. Our inaugural E-Issue 01, AUH/DXB, focused on the art scenes of Abu Dhabi and Dubai and welcomed contributions from both emerging and leading figures of the UAE's bustling contemporary art scene.

Our Editorial Board


Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Sophie Arni

Tokyo, Japan

Sophie Arni graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi with a B.A. in Art & Art History and obtained an MPhil in Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices from Tokyo University of the Arts. Her experience in the arts includes interning at Sotheby's in London and Christie's in New York, assisting gallery booths at Abu Dhabi Art and the Armory Show, and curating exhibitions at the NYU Abu Dhabi Project Space, CHI-KA Space at Alserkal Avenue, and the Chinretsukan Gallery. Originally Swiss-Japanese, she was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and grew up between the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. She is passionate about creating dialogues between different fields of the creative industries and promoting networks between established art centers and peripheries. 

Managing Editor

Daniel H. Rey 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Daniel Rey is a Paraguayan-Colombian artist and curator currently based in Abu Dhabi. A digital native and polyglot, he is interested in coolhunting, radio, online storytelling, and sustainable fashion. Trained in the performing and visual arts in Norway and the Emirates, Daniel is researching digitalization in theatre as well as South-South cultural exchanges. He is part of the Jameel Arts Centre Youth Assembly in Dubai and graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi with a B.A. in Theater and Social Research/Public Policy.

Ev Zverev
New York City, U.S.

Ev Zverev is a Russian filmmaker and photographer based in New York City. He was trained in visual storytelling and graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi with a B.A. in Film and New Media. He also happens to be fluent in Russian, English, and Arabic. His short films include Toothbrush (2016), Monster (2015), and Aphasia (2015) which was shortlisted at the Abu Dhabi Science Imagine Festival (2016). Fun fact: ‘Ev’ in Japanese means artist-samurai and it is pronounced like EV-erything.

Ashraf Mohiy

New York City, U.S.

Ashraf Mohiy is a Swiss-Egyptian doctoral candidate at Columbia University, whose work centers around the emergence of ‘smart cities’ and ‘e-government.’ He has spent the past few years working as an exhibition planner for a Paris-based cultural consulting firm on a number of different museum projects centered around the MENA region. 

Past contributors to Global Art Daily:

Natalia Sosa Molina

Editor and Contributor, Buenos Aires

Natalia Sosa Molina (Naiting So Mo) is an Argentinian textile and clothing designer who graduated from the University of Buenos Aires. She defines herself as a ‘de facto’ curator and art producer. In 2015, she co-founded Chien Noir, a contemporary art gallery together with her partner Luca Decker. The gallery, located in Buenos Aires, focuses on digital art, new media, and audiovisual formats. Via programming, 3D printing, mapping, video art, installations, which happen in a surreal baroque space, artists search for the balance between digital and physical states. Chien Noir has organized a number of artist residencies. Natalia specializes in recruiting young emerging artists and works with them in the construction of exhibitions.

Tiffany Liu
Honorary Contributor, New York City

Tiffany Liu was born in the suburbs of Atlanta, USA. Growing up, Tiffany partook in many activities, one being drawing and painting. Art became her preferred mode of communication and is how Tiffany makes sense of society, politics, and her innermost thoughts. Tiffany is a graduate from the NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies with a concentration titled "Reimagining Contemporary Art History" focusing on 21st Century Artists and Social Change, incorporating art history with a sociological, philosophical, and political framework. In 2016, she interned under Roselee Goldberg's mentorship at PERFORMA and has, in the past years, been closely working with Afro-Asian art collective BUFU and more specifically with NYC-based Yellow Jacket Collective. She is currently working on her own artistic practice with a focus on performance art.

Alsace Patrone
Art Critic, based in Buenos Aires and New York

Alsace Patrone was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. She is pursuing a Global Liberal Studies major concentrating in Contemporary Culture and Creative Production and a Social Work minor at New York University. Her artistic experience is rooted in her roles as a sports and fashion photographer (Prep2Prep, WSN) and as a docent and textile conservation assistant at NYU’s Villa La Pietra (Florence). Through her travel and academic study, she continues to grow upon personal interest in museum curation and interactive art. She looks forward to combining her personal and professional interests in ever-increasingly creative and global ways. 

Veronica Hernandez
Art Critic, based in Shanghai

Veronica Hernandez was born and raised in Southwest Florida. In middle school, she discovered her love for studying Chinese and art history. After years of self-study and some courses in high school, she joined the inaugural class at New York University Shanghai to major in Global China Studies and to minor in Art History. She is now spending her junior year abroad, first in Buenos Aires then in Florence. In the spirit of Global Art Daily, she has worked in several galleries and other art institutions across three continents and travels extensively to see new art and attend art fairs. 



Anna Seaman, "NYU student launches art website from Abu Dhabi", The National, February 17th, 2016. 

Martha J Bekink, "Global Art Daily to explore art as a tool of multicultural understanding", Global Dimensions, October 12th, 2015. 

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