September 11, 2014 - Articles

Artist Soi’s canvas bag art a hit with fashion lovers

Michael Soi is known to express his feelings through paint and brush. For the longest time, he has used his artistic skills to make wall hangings, creations that often gets tongues wagging.
For a number of years he has dared to tackle topics that society considers sensitive. The artist has and is still working on a controversial “China invasion” project which portrays the mass exodus of the Chinese to Kenya.
For instance, his most recent wall painting was inspired by a recent experience at Amsterdam Airport where he was aboard a plane with what he describes as “over 100 excited Chinese men in black suits headed for Nairobi”.

Kenyan society is one that loves to bury its head in the
sand, but I get inspired by current happenings that I
feel a great need to highlight and document

“Kenyan society is one that loves to bury its head in the sand, but I get inspired by current happenings that I feel a great need to highlight and document,” he said in an interview with the Business Daily in reference to his artistic style.
But as he continues to inspire the world through creative wall paintings, Soi is on to a new path that might change how artists’ works are consumed by the masses. Last year, his six-year-old daughter Malli Mueni’s request for a hand-painted bag unknowingly opened a new opportunity for his art business.

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