Satire and Colours: The Art of Michael Soi in 18 Instagrams

Whatever else you might think of Michael Soi’s art, you have to agree it is provocative, engaging and eye-catching. Influenced by cartoonists whose works have satirised the Kenyan society since the 1960s, Soi uses his art to highlight social, economic, religious and political issues—interracial and intergenerational relationships, women’s role in the society, commercial sex work, popular culture extremes, corruption—that affect Kenya and Africa as a whole. According to Soi, “Most of my work is a social commentary inspired by my city, addressing everything that we would rather not talk about in public.”

The son of Ancient Soi, the Kenyan artist who designed the 1972 Olympic Games poster, Soi was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1972, studied fine art and art history at the Creative Arts Centre, Nairobi and currently has his own studio in Nairobi.

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Kampala gossip tax (KGT)😂😂

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The Miracle Worker #MichaelSoi #Nairobi #ArtySundays #NaiNiWho

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#michaelsoi #africa #kenya #nairobi

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Post header image: Untitled, Michael Soi, 2017
Credit: Hourglass Gallery, 979 Saka Jojo St, Victoria Island, Lagos

Adekemi is a lawyer and writer with a passion for the arts, particularly African art history. She is dedicated to discovering and documenting the most excellent artworks of our time. Follow her on Twitter at adekemitweets.
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