Michael Soi | Kenya

“My work usually revolves around what Kenyans do or experience but don’t want to discuss,” Mr. Soi said. “I don’t seek change in my work. I document.”

Michael Soi was born in 1972 in Nairobi, Kenya, where he currently lives and works.

He is a member of what is known as the second generation of Kenyan artists that emerged through Kuona in the late ’90s among a group of other notable artists.

He graduated in 1995 from the Creative Arts Centre in Nairobi, since then his career began and he started creating his visual and artistic vocabulary that will be groundbreaking.

Soi, best known for his distinct style and his satirical take on topics affecting Kenyans, began famous for the series called the Fat Cats. This addresses graft as an impediment to the social, political, and economic development of his country, Kenya. 

The artist is currently working on a series of paintings about the night life in Nairobi, touching themes like prostitution and strip clubs.

His works are located in the Casoria Museum of Contemporary Art in Naples, Italy; The Standard Chartered Bank, UK, and in private collections such as the Luis Moreno Ocampo, Michela Wrong, Atsango Chesoni, Robert Deveraux among others.

Group Exhibitions

African Identities, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy

Sex and the City IV, Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya


Almost True, Michael Soi & Bright Ackwerh, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana

Sex and the City III, Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya

Cross Africa 2016, ThorupART Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Sex and the City II, Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya

Habari 1 with Yasir Ali, Artion Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Habari 2 with Yasir Ali, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul,
Sex and the City I, Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Art, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Exhibitions

No Country for Black Folk, Montague Contemporary, New York, USA 2019 Heaven Can Wait, Circle Art, Nairobi, Kenya

Motherboard II, Le Sud, Zurich, Switzerland

China Loves Africa, Circle Art, Nairobi, Kenya

The Motherboard, Circle Art, Nairobi, Kenya
Faces of the City, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Michael Soi: New Works, Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya

The Women in My Life, Circle Art, Nairobi, Kenya

Kampala Art Biennale, Kampala, Uganda

JoBurg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

Selected Works



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