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Ikeorah Chisom Chi-FADA

Ikeorah Chisom Chi-FADA


Drawing on cultural, personal, political and art historical references, Ikeorah Chisom Chi-FADA (b. 2000, Lagos, Nigeria) creates enthralling realistically layered figurative narrative compositions that emerges from his history as a young Nigerian and his personal story that tells of a relentless pursuit of ambitions despite the odds. Ikeorah explores what he describes as “visual poetry” in telling stories on canvas. The narrative of this visual poetry would compose layers of the plot, character(s), figures of speech, symbolism and allegory as he also employs a play of lighting and colours in building the composition of his works.

Unfettered by this intentionality behind his work, there are pieces of puzzles open to the viewer for personal reflection and interpretation. Talking about his work, Ikeorah Chisom Chi-FADA notes, “There’s drama happening in the painting that I want you to witness and be a part of. I believe a successful story is one that engages you and tricks you to believe something deeply and leaves you hanging with questions leading to more questions. I don’t have all the answers, as the storyteller, I suffer the same fate as you, the listener”

Ikeorah Chisom Chi-FADA currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. His journey as an artist began in his early childhood, as he grew up among creative peers – street boys who would draw and sell superhero comics for stipends which would be saved to buy art supplies. However, due to pressures from his parents and teachers, he gave up drawing and it wasn't until a traumatic event in which he nearly lost his sister to a fire that he found himself secretly drawing again “as a means of expressing his trauma and finding relief” as he would then, draw his sister as a superhero character with flames. Ikeorah describes his artistic practice as an ‘evolving story’ that still holds pieces from his childhood as the symbolism of flames representing a deification of his subjects and their stories, is still present in his practice.

His works have been exhibited internationally in group presentations in New York, Stockholm, Ontario, Johannesburg, Urusha, Abidjan and Lagos amongst others. He has been featured in publications and was also featured in Snoop Dog’s ‘Invest in Black Artists’ campaign in November last year. His work has been acquired for collections such the Dean Collection, the Ditau Collection, the Harpers Museum and other private collections.

Behind the Louvres; in Search of Greener Pastures

Behind the Louvres; in Search of Greener Pastures


Acrylic, charcoal and pastel on canvas

114 x 101 cm


Feeling Funky; Peugeot 504 with Purple to match

Feeling Funky; Peugeot 504 with Purple to match


Acrylic, charcoal and pastel on canvas

127 x 152 cm



Solo Exhibition


  • When You Lose the Ground Under Your Feet, Will You Stay Here with Me? Osart Callery, Corso Plebisciti 12, 20129, Milano, Italy. May 4 - July 8, 2023.

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • Bologna Art Fair. ArteFiera Bologna, Quartiere fieristico Bologna. Main Section, Hall 25 | Booth B56. February 2 - 4,2024


  • Verona Art Fair. ArtVerona, Veronafiere, Viale dell'Industria, Verona. Main Section, Hall 12 | Booth H3 - H5. October 13 - 15, 2023


  • Shout Plenty, African Artists' Foundation in collaboration with Alliance Francaise curated by Azuwagbogu, Jana Terblanche and Princess Ayoola. August 17 - October 1, 2022.

  • The Storytellers By The Beachside, Dida Gallery. July 27 - August 20, 2022

  • Souls and Spirits, Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York curated by Paul Conliffe. April 6 - May 6, 2022

  • To Each, Her Own, Urban Zen, New York curated by Mashonda Tifrere.

    March 8 - April 18, 2022

  • Black Magic, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa.

    February 3 - March 31, 2022


  • Be of Good Courage, Oculus Cl Level, World Trade Center, New York. Curated by Mashonda Tifrere. December 9, 2021 - January 14, 2022.

  • FnB Johannesburg Art Fair Open City Exhibition: Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt curated by Jana Terblanche and Anelisa Mangcu. October 28 - November 13, 2021

  • motherSun idea*fund 2021 exhibition, Collision Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. September 8 - 10, 2021

  • Stop, Listen! CHill, Stockholm, Sweden curated by Michael Elmenbeck, Michael Storakers and Anna-Karin Pusic. January 22 - February 12, 2021


  • Black Voices Friend of my Mind, Black Voices US Edition curated by Destinee Ross-Suttons. Ross Suttons Gallery, New York.

    Dec. 19, 2020 - January 14, 2021

  • Young Contemporaries Bootcamp Exhibition, Rele Gallery, Lagos.

    Aug. 28, 2020


  • Acquire, Signature Galleries, Lagos.

  • Revisiting Pan Africanism, Kan Festival, Urusha, Tanzania

  • Resilience, Ministry of Arts and Culture, National Gallery of Arts, Enugu, Nigeria


  • Art In my City Festival, ICanDraw Africa in collaboration with British

    Council and House 33 Gallery, Abuja, Nigeria.


  • 2022: Dida Residency, Grand Bassam, Cote d' Ivoire

  • 2020: Rele Young Contemporaries BootCamp, Lagos, Nigeria


2021: motherSun idea* fund, 2021

  • Harpers Museum

  • The Dean Collection.

  • The Ditau Collection.

  • Private collections.


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