One to Watch: Isabelle Alford-Lago


Isabelle Alford-Lago is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and is currently based in Venice, California. She is a full-time artist who originates from Santa Cruz, California. She explores the primitive nature of humanity, not by painting human subjects, but rather through her portraits of gorillas.

Isabelle creates murals of gorillas and places them in diverse environments. Her subjects are often ungroomed and unfazed by their belly fat; they lounge around in whatever space they occupy. Their humor and familiarity as a motif make them easily accessible to a larger audience. Isabelle paints her gorillas in a manner that reminds us of how closely related we are to these charming primates, both in gesture and in behavior.

Her murals can be found in diverse locations from Venice, California, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her works have been exhibited extensively throughout Los Angeles. We love her artwork so much that currently two of her murals can be found in the offices of Saatchi Art!


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Isabelle beginning work on one of her murals.


isabelle_gorilla_614_blog copy Watch as Isabelle’s mural in the Saatchi Art office comes to life!

isabelle_gorilla_614_blog_stillThe final product.

Gorillas-In-The-Westside-An-Interview-With-Isabelle-Alford-Lago-2Isabelle inside her studio.

gorilla1One of Isabelle’s murals in Venice, California.

Check out Isabelle Alford-Lago’s work for sale on Saatchi Art:

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  1. Hormazd says:

    Hi Isabelle,

    Your works are humorous and fun. Think you should make a grumpy gorilla for your next work and tittle it…

    “Molly ain’t Jolly!”

    Keep up your spirit.


  2. love your work!!! so funny and unique!


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