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Shemelle Soyebo

b. 1991, England


Shemelle, also known by SoyShem, is a visual artist based in London from mixed Nigerian and Bajan heritage.


While exploring her identity, connection to her culture and feelings of displacement in the world, Soyshem uses her imaginative flair to challenge the battle between escapism and acceptance in society. More recently, she elevates her art by using real-life subjects as a source of story-telling. Taking the spectator on a journey, escaping the world's harsh realities. Her paintings display her search for freedom, comfort, safety, strength, connection, identity, self-acceptance, nature and what is 'home'.  

SoyShem studied Interior Architecture at University of Westminster but realised her true passion is in visual arts. Her style of art is influenced by science fiction, astronomy, the Pre-Raphalites era, and her international travels. She draws from her experiences of various cultures and ways of living whilst travelling, and hopes her depictions of such can transcend visuals and aesthetics, to form internal connections.

SoyShem's intention is to create artwork to represent the voices of the unheard, forgotten, and forever misunderstood of society while depicting positive representations of people, pushing the narrative of positive and meaningful imagery.