Claire Idera is a multidisciplinary artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. She create delicate representations of the young black woman who is in a transformative state of introspection. Her work centers around her personal journals from childhood to motherhood, portraiture and ethereal aesthetics. She is fascinated by the idea of identity and the role growth plays in finding it. With every painting, she attempts to relate the physical and mental metamorphosis about the female being using whimsical elements and colors.
 Claire is a self taught visual artist with a Bsc in Architecture and a Masters in Fashion Design in Kingston University London. While her creative background forms her artistic processes, she also teaches her creative practice in schools. She was nominated for The Future Awards Africa 2016, Culture & Arts category which was the first of its kind. In 2018 she exhibited her paintings at Rele Gallery (Group Exhibition), Lagos. She began developing her artistic narrative in 2021 with a group exhibition at Four You Gallery, Dubai. 
She works with a range of materials from oil to watercolour to acrylic and plastic.


Through the years, Claire Idera has mainly worked as a freelance fashion designer and illustrator with clients like Lisa Folawiyo, Zashadu, Refashion Africa, Grey Velvet, Hugo Boss amongst many others. She was nominated in The Future Awards Africa 2016, Culture & Arts category which was the first of its kind.
She completed a Masters in Fashion Design at Kingston University London and later exhibited her Menswear Collection at the Design Museum London.


Claire Idera started her teaching career in 2015 at the first Fashion Illustration Workshop which she founded in Lagos. She later taught art and fashion at Kingston University, Oxbridge College and currently at her independent design workshop, CIWorkshop.
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