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Ruby Okoro


Ruby Okoro is a self-taught Nigerian visual artist, born in the Enugu State and raised in Rome and Lagos. He is fascinated by the skin of the people he sees around him in the streets of Lagos who he then transposes to exquisitely composed almost hyper-real scenes.

He juxtaposes an eye for ordinary: a child sitting on a wall with a school satchel or a boy carrying bags of found plastic to create extraordinary and iconic images with dramatic and hyper-real light and colours. Ruby’s daring portraiture reflects Nigeria’s creative atmosphere of non-conformity as he takes his inspiration from its streets, the hairdressers, the marketplace, village festivals, and the stunning natural beauty of the Nigerian landscape, seas and skies.

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Ruby Okoro