Rufai Zakari (b.1990) is based between Accra and Bawku, Ghana. He completed his apprenticeship under Mozzay, a senior artist in Nima, Accra. In 2011, Rufai Zakari graduated from the Ghanatta College of Art and Design. In his work, Zakari examines consumerism, environmental pollution, labour, trade, and the perils of industrialization in contemporary Ghanian Society. The founder of Rujab Eco-Art Foundation in his hometown of Bawku, Zakari bases his practise on the recycling of waste in the streets of Ghana. After decades of tribal conflict which took countless lives and left the city in ruins, Zakari is now looking to the future with optimism and a strong ambition to rebuild what has been lost, while inspiring hope in his community.
Solo exhibitions include (Upcoming) Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2023); (Upcoming) Contemporary Matters, Ohio, USA (2023); (Upcoming) Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, West Palm Beach (2023); Enigyee, San Luis Potosí Center for the Arts, Mexico City, Mexico (2023); Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2022); Gallery T293, Rome (2022); A New Dawn, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2021).
Group exhibitions include (Upcoming) 1-54 NYC, with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, New York City, USA (2023); (Upcoming) Columbus Museum of Art, US (2023); (Upcoming) Saving. Die Kunst des Sparens und Bewahrens., Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany (2023); 'Untitled Miami Beach', with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Miami , USA (2022); The Armory Show, The Breeder Gallery, New York (2022); Home is where the Art is, Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL (2022); Global Positioning, Public Art Fund, New York, Boston and Chicago, US (2022); Intersecting Identities, Arushi, US (2022); Global Positioning, Public Art Fund, New York, Boston and Chicago (2022); Entre-acte, Selebe Yoon, Dakar, Senegal (2021); More is More: Visual Richness in Contemporary Art, Akron Art Museum, US (2021); 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London (2021); Devil’s in the Detail, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020); This Exhibition is Untitled, Nubuke Foundation, Accra (2020); "CirculArt" Sustainable Art Exhibition by Eco Reward, Casa Trasacco Accra (2019); World Behind the Horizon Exhibition, Gess Gallery, Dusseldorf (2019); Sustainable Art Workshop, Merck Foundation, Dubai (2019); Sustainable Art Workshop, British High Commission, Accra (2018); Violence Against Women Exhibition. Alliance Francaise Accra (2018); "Yoomo Be Ga" Recycle Art Exhibition, Museum of Science and Technology, Accra (2017); Ghana Netherland Cultural Week Exhibition, Accra (2016); "African Champions" Mural in collaboration with (You Are For Africa), Lagos (2015).
Highlights and collections. Rufai Zakari’s work can be found in important private and public collections including Pizzuti Collection at Columbus Museum Of Art (US); Arthur Lewis Collection (US); Easton Capital/John Friedman Collection (US); Nubuke Foundation, (Ghana); The Bunker Artspace Museum (USA); The Ditau Collection (South Africa); Susan Goodman Collection; VG Collection; Akron Museum Collection (US); JOM Collection (Senegal); AMMA foundation (Mexico); The Africa Centre Collection, London, (UK).