Raphael Chikukwa

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OccupationExecutive Director

Raphael Chikukwa is Executive Director at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.[1] Prior to his elevation, he was Chief Curator and before that spent a decade as an independent curator.[2][3][4] Chikukwa is a Chevening Scholarship who holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University.


Chikukwa served as an independent curator[5] prior to his initiation into the National Gallery of Zimbabwe working on projects such as the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, which was his induction on the Global Art scene under the guidance of the late super curator Okwui Enwezor; Puma’s Creative African Network, he curated Visions of Zimbabwe at Manchester Art Museum[6], as well as the Commonwealth Exhibition entitled Lime Transmission at the same institution in 2002. He was Curator in Residence at the Kunsthaus Centre d’Art Pasquart Switzerland in 2001. Chikukwa is the proponent of the Pavilion of Zimbabwe at Venice Biennale and has curated all five exhibitions at this grand stage.


  1. "Raphael Chikukwa Is the new Executive Director at National Gallery of Zimbabwe". Contemporary And (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  2. Yates, Rob. "Interview with Raphael Chikukwa | The Fearless Promoter of Zimbabwean Art". Culture Trip. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  3. "Raphael Chikukwa is Transforming the Contemporary Art Landscape of Zimbabwe". Whitewall. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  4. "Interview with Raphael Chikukwa, Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) Harare". ICOM UK. 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  5. "Cube254 The Future of Contemporary Art in Africa by Raphael Chikukwa and Renée Mboya". The Art Space Kenya. 2016-07-21. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  6. Chikukwa, Raphael (2011-05-01). "Curating contemporary African art: questions of mega-exhibitions and Western influences". African Identities. 9 (2): 225–229. doi:10.1080/14725843.2011.556803. ISSN 1472-5843.

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