Isoko Onodera’s work is the imagery of the symbolic, metaphysical narrative of human nature. By painting figures as motif, she examines what lies in the core of human beings.
Her work is also motivated by her contemplation on the similarity between a person’s life and a process of painting. She finds an interesting parallel between how humans are formed throughout their lifetime and how her paintings are created: they both are composed of multiple layers and each layer is an important and significant part of the whole.
Onodera came to the United States at the age of 22 from her native home in Iwate, Japan. After receiving her BFA in Painting from the University of Central Arkansas in 2006, she earned her MFA in Painting and Drawing at Louisiana State University in 2011. In addition to numerous Louisiana exhibitions, Onodera’s work has been seen in exhibitions from Philadelphia, PA to Pasadena, CA. She currently serves as an instructor at the LSU School of Art where she has taught a variety of courses related to figure painting.