Tue, 30th Nov 2021 18:00

Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg

 
  Lot 39
 
Lot 39 - Michael Soi (Kenya 1972-)

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Michael Soi (Kenya 1972-)
Who Owns Africa II

acrylic on canvas

Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the title on the reverse

(Qty: 1)

100 x 100 x 4 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Michael Soi paints brightly colored portraits of Kenyans that are laced with political satire. After graduating in 1995 from the Creative Arts Center in Nairobi, Soi began using his artwork to comment on local and international politics with an incisive eye and a cartoonist’s touch. Many of his paintings criticize China’s influence on Kenya; his series “China Loves Africa” (2015–2021), a suite of 100 works that epitomizes his vibrant style, features figures outlined in black. Soi rose to prominence in 2015 for his series “Shame in Venice,” which called out the lack of Kenyan artists participating in the Kenyan pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He has used his art to satirize issues from government corruption to the stigmatization of sex workers.

Taken from https://www.artsy.net/artwork/michael-soi-who-owns-africa [accessed 10 November 2021]

Estimated at R50,000 - R70,000


Condition report

The overall condition is good.

Minor surface dirt to the edges of the canvas.

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acrylic on canvas

Signature details: signed, dated and inscribed with the title on the reverse

(Qty: 1)

100 x 100 x 4 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Michael Soi paints brightly colored portraits of Kenyans that are laced with political satire. After graduating in 1995 from the Creative Arts Center in Nairobi, Soi began using his artwork to comment on local and international politics with an incisive eye and a cartoonist’s touch. Many of his paintings criticize China’s influence on Kenya; his series “China Loves Africa” (2015–2021), a suite of 100 works that epitomizes his vibrant style, features figures outlined in black. Soi rose to prominence in 2015 for his series “Shame in Venice,” which called out the lack of Kenyan artists participating in the Kenyan pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He has used his art to satirize issues from government corruption to the stigmatization of sex workers.

Taken from https://www.artsy.net/artwork/michael-soi-who-owns-africa [accessed 10 November 2021]

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg, Tue, 30th Nov 2021

 

A focused collection of top historical, modern and contemporary artworks, this boutique-style sale presents impressive examples of South Africa’s best-known artists at auction. Included is a wonderful oil on canvas still-life by Irma Stern painted in 1936, an exquisite equestrian painting by Tretchikoff, 4 early watercolours by George Pemba, a monumental Villa from 1976 and 6 superb lots by William Kentridge. Also on offer are impressive contemporary works by Kate Gottgens, Phillemon Hlungwani, Wim Botha and Banele Khoza, amongst others.

Notably, the sale also includes works from the collection of the world-renowned Handspring Puppet Company. This collection maps much of the company’s creative, personal and professional journey and includes works by Kentridge, Pemba, Simon Stone and Zanele Muholi, amongst others.

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