Raphael Cuir is an art critic and historian, holding a doctorate from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
After holding various positions at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and at schools under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris (CCIP) such as Advancia and Négocia, he served as the director of the École Supérieure d'Art et de Design de Reims from 2018 to 2023. From 2012 to 2018, he was the president of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA France). In 2005-2007, he received a research residency grant at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where he also taught at Otis College of Art and Design. He is the author of several books, including "Renaissance de l'anatomie" (Hermann, 2016) and "Anatomiquement vôtre, art contemporain et connaissance de soi" (Nouvelles éditions Scala, 2018).
He has edited the collection of responses to the question "Pourquoi y-a-t-il de l'art plutôt que rien?" (Archibooks, 2009, 2014) and the proceedings of the symposium "La Performance, vie de l'archive et actualité" (les presses du réel, 2013). He has also contributed to numerous publications, including "Dictionnaire des femmes créatrices" (Éditions des femmes, 2013), "Ouvrir-couvrir" (Verdier, 2004), and has written many articles for magazines such as artpress. He has organized and participated in numerous symposiums and roundtable discussions in France and internationally.
He is also an exhibition curator ("Ici Plus qu'ailleurs," 2019; "Prix AICA France de la critique, une rétrospective," 2015; "Chapeaux! Hommage à Robert Filliou," 2014). From 1999 to 2001, he was a co-producer, designer, and host of "Mémoires Actives," the first WebTV dedicated to the history of art and contemporary art.