Michelle Okpare
A reminder of herself
Yo! It’s her
Oghenekevwe’s existence, the beginning of her three tales
Unveiling forms
13 July to 03 Sep 2023
An Ensemble of Voices
18 nov 2023 to 10 Jan 2024
L'Africa e Napoli
26 nov 2023 to 07 jan 2024
Africa Tunes
20 jan to 17 march 2024
Investec Cape Town 2024
16 to 18 FEBRUARY 2024
MICHELLE OKPARE. Through the looking-glass
13 june - 30 july 2024

Michelle Okpare, from Nigeria (b.1996) raised between Nigeria and Ivory Coast.


She received a B.A in Fine Arts from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.


Okpare draws inspiration from her personal experiences with people and, how one responds psychologically to happenings. Her works are a documentation of life, complexity, and emotions exploring culture, mental health, personal and societal identity, and issues surrounding gender in African contemporary society.


Okpare is an expressionist artist working predominantly using materials attached to her childhood experience in Ivory Coast to create richly textured and colorful works. Her practice is a combination of imagination and reality which aims to build cogent visual imagery which encompasses the contemporary African women experiences.


She uses crepe paper, acrylic paint, and recycled/discarded lace fabrics appliqué to create highly stylized scenes that unpack the unrealistic beauty standards placed on women. The crepe paper is folded into floral, or petal motifs inspired by her upbringing in Ivory Coast where she first experimented with these materials. She draws from her strife to create these works and uses her practice as a form of therapy.


Okpare has participated in several exhibitions around the world including “L’Africa & Napoli”, Maschio Angioino, Italia, 2023, “Reversed Safari”, The Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2023, Real Life Is Fragile, USA, 2021, Unusual Suspects, Nigeria, 2021, The human experience, South Africa, 2020, etc. Her works have been featured on Sunday Times South Africa, Vanity Fair Italia, Shoutout Los Angeles, Times Live South Africa, and Airmail News USA. She was documented on Google Arts and Culture.


She was also awarded at the Online Art Project Turkey and The University of Florida Art in Medicine project in Nigeria. Okpare currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

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