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 visualising an imagined world, Eternity, as a space to immortalize family, friends, and those she meets along the way.
She 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.
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.
It’s Nice That, British Vogue, Bubblegum Club Magazine, WePresent by WeTransfer, i-D
SSENSE, Apple, KOTN, Better World Fragrance House, The Face Magazine, Dazed, Essence, US Vogue
- Friends in Eternity, Self-Published
colour and feel studio, 2022
- 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 - Department of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora
- The Wedge Collection
- Daise App - Workshop