Michael Musyoka: Kenyan, b. 1986

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Michael Musyoka’s career began with signwriting in 2006. A graduate of the Buruburu Institute of Fine Art in Nairobi, Musyoka’s work has developed through experimentation with a number of stylistic approaches including cubism and surrealism, and various techniques, such as painting, collage, and illustration. He is a founding member of the Buruburu-based Brush Tu artists’ collective. As an emerging artist he has only shown so far in Kenya. Musyoka’s narrative style is informed by the aesthetics of street and matatu graffiti in Nairobi, local signwriting styles, and graphic novels.

His present work investigates relationships in the public and private spheres, he is interested in the legal, religious, and moral constraints put on individuals and their capacity to act in society. In addition, he explores the compromises we make everyday, and the exchanges that he believes mark our increasingly transactional relationships