Louis Masai is a painter, sculptor and muralist, he uses his work as a way to highlight the 6th mass extinction, climate change and species equality. Current works deal with endangered species, created into patchwork plush toys, stitched up by bees. The animals are toys to highlight the potential state that the species faces –he questions, what will be left? Toys and souvenirs? The bees carry needle and threads, stitching up the toys to highlight that humans should pay more attention to what is happening in nature and start stitching the planet up and stop unpicking it.
Louis maintains a balanced combination of painting in the studio and painting murals in the public domain. He gets a huge enjoyment from both and embraces the influences that both practices have on each other. In 2016 Louis toured the states “The Art Of Being” painting over 20 murals of species under threat in 12 cities across nine states in just two months. With nearly one in four mammals under threat in the USA, from the grey wolf to the manatee, ‘The Art of Beeing’ highlights local species at risk and the urgent need to act on climate change and the environment. The tour was supported by a series of mini documentaries.
In 2017 Louis launched All Fruits Ripe a monthly-streamed Podcast, recorded in south London with Adam Hylu of unit 137. Via open discussions and exploration into environmental issues with experts in their given field, the Podcast aims to unearth the ways that many inspiring individuals are picking their own ripened fruits. Louis currently lives and works in Margate.