Michael Soi | Kenya
Born, works and lives in Nairobi and is a member of what is termed as the second generation of Kenyan artists that emerged through kuona in the late 90’s among a group of other notable artists of his generation. In 1996, He begun his career as a sculptor and subsequently refined his own visual and artistic vocabulary over the years.
His most successful bit of his career has no doubt the series of work called the FAT CATS that addresses graft as an impediment to social, political and economic development of his country Kenya. This series of 36 pieces was well received by his audiences both in his home country Kenya and internationally.
Soi is currently working on a series of paintings that revolve around prostitution and strip clubs in his home city of Nairobi and the denial that revolves around this establishments and the good folk who frequent these establishments. His work has been collected by the casoria museum of contemporary art in Napoli, Italy, the Standard chartered bank (UK) and individuals like Luis Moreno Ocampo, Michela Wrong, Atsango Chesoni, Robert Deveraux among others.