Profile for Angie Oko

Self taught artist who paints womxn of all shapes and sizes in movement. Behind each painting, there is an incredible story of the dancers life.

I update the shop periodically and will remove some very popular prints, so get them while they're live!

PRINTS ARE CURRENTLY HALF PRICE DURING COVID19 PANDEMIC :) <3

Currently all profit I make from my art will go towards the Angie Oko Artist Fund and Black Lives Matter (50/50).

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Who is Angie Oko

In Dana Falsetti's first episode of her podcast Deep Dive, my entire childhood was described in a nutshell. Hence my inspiration to paint all body types. When I was younger I hated my body. I wish I had had the exposure to people like Dana who could have helped me see there was nothing wrong with my body, but with the way society viewed it. Since my family and I moved a lot, I was constantly the new girl who had to figure out how to fit in. By the time I was 18 years old I had already moved about 25 times give or take (long story) so fitting in quickly was my main priority. I guess this is what has made me so social, however it took me years to develop my own personality and to know who I really am and what I really like or don't like. I am originally from NYC however have lived in London for 6 years and Barcelona for 5.

I have always been a hard worker, having been inspired by my mothers perseverance in life as a single low income mother, sitting around was never an option. My mother has always been an artist (sculptor) and since she knew trying to make a living off of your artwork was difficult, she advised me to go into something scientific.

Having always been attracted to helping people, research on neurodegenerative diseases has become a passion. However, as much as I love science, I needed to keep developing the other side on my brain in artistic ways. I never thought I would like painting but it turns out since I am such a perfectionist its working out well for me.

I took some art courses here in Barcelona and then started to explore on my own, making me mainly a self-taught artist. I am heavily inspired by womxn, especially curvy large womxn with whom I identify myself with. I also started pole dancing around 3 years ago which completely changed my life. It has empowered me in ways I never would have thought possible. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a go! I also love acrobatics and circus stuff in general, like rope, aerial silks and trapeze.

I want to communicate through my artwork that everything is possible and no matter what you do or what you look like, you are worthy of love and acceptance. There is taboo around pole dancing and also around being on the heavier side. This is all created by a society which wants to make us insecure, since insecure people consume more products to fill that societal soul hole we all inevitably have. We need to remember that everything is possible. Only YOU know your worth. It is up to you to emit that positive energy and make people around you understand that worth and value it.

I am hosting free drawing and painting classes on my IGTV to spark creativity in others during this difficult period. I have started the Angie Oko Artist Fund which is a non-profit fund which will make monthly donations to artists who have been financially affected by COVID19.

Member since May 2020

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