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

2022
African Identities, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy

2020
Sex and the City IV, Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya

2018

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

2017
Sex and the City III, Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya

2016
Cross Africa 2016, ThorupART Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2015
Sex and the City II, Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya

2014
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

2004
Kenya Art, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Exhibitions

2020
No Country for Black Folk, Montague Contemporary, New York, USA 2019 Heaven Can Wait, Circle Art, Nairobi, Kenya

2019
Motherboard II, Le Sud, Zurich, Switzerland

2018
China Loves Africa, Circle Art, Nairobi, Kenya

2017
The Motherboard, Circle Art, Nairobi, Kenya
Faces of the City, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Michael Soi: New Works, Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya

2016
The Women in My Life, Circle Art, Nairobi, Kenya

2014
Kampala Art Biennale, Kampala, Uganda

2010
JoBurg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

Selected Works

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