Isabel Okoro

Isabel Okoro is a visual artist currently based in Toronto, ON.

She coined the term normatopia to characterize her visual universe, Eternity.

Isabel Okoro (b. 2001, Lagos, Nigeria) is a visual artist currently based in Toronto, ON.

She is exploring the interactions between the motherland and the diaspora, and coined the term normatopia to describe a space which considers the tensions between a harsh reality and a utopia, and chooses to rest and thrive in the humanly achievable sweet spot that exists in the middle.

At the cornerstone of her practice is visualising and developing an imagined world, Eternity, as a space to immortalize community members through stories of speculative fiction that embrace her concept of normatopia.

Isabel holds a in Neuroscience and Psychology (High Distinction) from the University of Toronto.

She co-founded the creative studio, local•global, and is currently the Creative Director.


Selected Press
CBC NewsRepublic JournalIt’s Nice That, Bubblegum Club Magazine, Dazed, i-D

Selected Clients
, SSENSE, KOTN, Vitaly, Spencer Badu, The Face Magazine, Dazed, Essence, US Vogue, Havana Club, Atmos

  • Friends in Eternity, Self-Published
    colour and feel studio, 2022

  • Solo - Constructing Eternity - FÁBRICA, Mexico City MX
  • Solo - it’s real, i watched it happen - Nuit Blanche, Toronto ON
  • Solo - Matters of the Heart - Ninth Editions, Toronto ON
  • Group - Dancing in the Light - Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto ON
  • Group - Home as Corpus - Strada Gallery, New York NY
  • Group - MANIFOLD Deluxe - FF Projects at Frieze Mayfair, London UK
  • Solo - magic dreams - The Gallery at Mason Studio, Toronto ON
  • Group - BLACK_BOX - Trinity Square Video, Toronto ON
  • Group - MANIFOLD - FF Projects, London UK
  • Duo - Is Love a Synonym for Abolition? - Gallery 44, Toronto ON
  • Group - We Buy Gold - Gallery TPW, Toronto ON

Residencies, Awards, and Honours
  • 2024 - Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts (TFVA) Prize recipient

Public Collections
  • Art Gallery of Ontario

  • Daise App - Workshop
  • Artscape Daniel’s Launchpad - all good things must firstly begin - Workshop