Nnenna Okore

Nigerian, b. 1975

Nnenna Okore is an internationally acclaimed artist who is known for her intricate mixed media sculptures. More recently, she also started creating vibrant textured paintings. She has received art degrees from the University of Nigeria in Nsukka and the University of Iowa and is currently Chair of the Art Department at North Park University in Chicago. Nnenna Okore had her first solo show at Sakhile&Me in 2018.

Nnenna Okore - Sculptures and Paintings

Works

Nnenna Okore: Aki N'ukwa'

Aki N'ukwa'

Wall sculpture

2016

Burlap, yarn, dye and wire

177,8 x 177,8 x 20,3 cm

Nnenna Okore: Cycles and Cyclones

Cycles and Cyclones

Wall sculpture

2017

Burlap, dye and wire

243,8 x 304,8 x 15,2 cm

Nnenna Okore: Inside Out

Inside Out

Wall sculpture

2017

Burlap, cheese cloth, dye and wire

124,5 x 129,5 x 25,4 cm

Nnenna Okore: Okilikili

Okilikili

Wall sculpture

2017

Burlap, cheese cloth, manila rope, dye and wire

177,8 x 152,4 x 30,5 cm

Nnenna Okore: Oyele

Oyele

Wall sculpture

2017

Burlap, yarn, dye and wire

248,9 x 139,7 x 43,2 cm

Nnenna Okore: Ututu

Ututu

Sculpture

2016

Burlap, cheese cloth, paper, dye, acrylic and wire

76,2 x 76,2 x 76,2 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 1

Untitled 1

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61 x 61 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 2

Untitled 2

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61 x 61 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 3

Untitled 3

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61 x 61 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 4

Untitled 4

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61 x 61 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 5

Untitled 5

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61 x 61 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 6

Untitled 6

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61 x 61 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 7

Untitled 7

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61 x 61 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 8

Untitled 8

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61 x 61 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 9

Untitled 9

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61 x 61 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 10

Untitled 10

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61 x 61 cm

Nnenna Okore: Nurture Nature

Nurture Nature

Video Installation

2018

3:52 min


Biography

Nnenna Okore was born in Australia in 1975 to parents from Ututu, Nigeria. At age four, she moved back to Nigeria with her parents who began working at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka. Okore graduated from Primary and Secondary School in Nigeria before moving to Swaziland where her father took on a position for the United Nations and where Okore attended Waterford Kamhlaba United World College.

In 1994, Nnenna Okore won first prize at the UNIFEM Women's Art Contest and got to travel to Dakar, Abuja and Beijing. She enrolled in the Fine and Applied Arts undergraduate program at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka in 1995 and graduated as Valedictorian of her class in 1999. In 2002, she began her graduate studies in Fine Arts at the University of Iowa, obtaining her Master of Arts degree in Sculpture in 2004 and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture in 2005.

Upon graduation, Okore became an Assistant Professor at North Park University in Chicago. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and full time Professor and Chair of the Fine Art Department at North Park University in 2015.

Alongside her academic work, Okore was able to secure several artist-in-residency fellowships, for example at the Santa Fe Art Institute in 2004; at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007; and at Skidmore College in 2011.

She has also received several fellowships and awards such as the UNESCO-Aschberg Fellowship for Artists awarded by the Gruber Jez Foundation in M?rida, Mexico in 2006; a fellowship at the Global Art Village in Delhi, India in 2007; a fellowship at the Jean Paul Blach?re Foundation in Apt, France in 2010; and a Fulbright Scholar Award to the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 2012.

Okore lives and works both in the United States and Nigeria and has exhibited in more than 100 exhibitions world-wide over the past two decades. Her works are part of several notable collections, such as the World Bank's Art Collection, the Newark Museum, the Jean Paul Blachère Foundation, the Indianapolis Art Center and the Royal Collections in Abu Dhabi.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2018

2017

2016

2015

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Group Exhibitions

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1999


Publications