Born in London to a white British mother and a father of African-Jamaican ancestry, Satch Hoyt has composed, arraigned and played with Stomu Yamashta in London; Grace Jones in Paris; Louise Bourgeois in collaboration with Ramuntcho Matta in Paris and various artists in Kenya. He and is currently working on his own album “Griots and CyberCrooks”
He has acted as musicologist and commentator on Music of Kenya, part of the BBC’s Music About Us series.
Hoyt is currently living and working in Berlin. He makes sculptures and installations accompanied with sound as well as paintings and drawings. There is a dichotomy in the genres that define two sides of the same coin: a dual and complementary reflection on the African Diaspora and its multifold consequences. The sculptural trope in Hoyt’s work addresses the facts on the ground, so to speak, of black experience, while the drawings tap into a spirit of fantasy, refuge, and transcendence—they are vehicles for an imaginative journey beyond the obduracy and oppressiveness of history.
Hoyt was an accomplished professional musician/composer before embarking on a career in the visual arts. Drawing deeply on that background, the artist has made musicality and aurality a base chord of his visual practice.
Recent exhibitions and projects include: “For Love of Sugar”, St. Paul’s Cathedral/ Docklands Museum, London, UK, 2007;’Infinite Island”, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA, 2007;”Black Panther Rank and File”, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2006; ”Rundlederwelten”, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, 2005; “Sport”, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, USA, 2005; Tate Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, U.K., 2004; “Exposition de Sculptures”, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France, 2004; “Open House: Working in Brooklyn”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, 2004; “Brown v. Board of Education”, Gallery 138, New York, 2004; “Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti”, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2003 (April-July, 2004 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; September-October, 2004 Barbican Art Gallery, London, U.K.); “The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art”, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2003; “Body Power/Power Play”, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, 2002; “SportCult”, apexart, New York, 2001.