Isabel Okoro (b. 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 B.sc. in Neuroscience and Psychology (High Distinction) from the University of Toronto.
Alongside friends adé abegunde & Ayotunde Sule, Isabel co-founded the creative studio local•global.
She is currently the Creative Director.
Atmos, It’s Nice That, British Vogue, Bubblegum Club Magazine, WePresent by WeTransfer, i-D
SSENSE, Apple, KOTN, Vitaly, Spencer Badu, The Face Magazine, Dazed, Essence, US Vogue, Havana Club
- Friends in Eternity, Self-Published
colour and feel studio, 2022
- Solo - Matters of the Heart - Ninth Editions, Toronto ON
- 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
2022 FLDWRK x DesignTO ‘6ft (a)part’ Designer-in-residence
2021 Getty Images ‘Definition Future’ Grant recipient
2021 Gallery 44 Artist-in-residence
- 2020 Authority Collective ‘Lit List’ Finalist
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Daise App - Workshop