- South African artist, Lebani “Rasta” Sirenje brought his infamous brand of celebrity art to the Global Citizen Festival
- This time, his artistic renditions of Beyoncé and Jay Z left the country in stitches
- It seems Rasta just can’t get his paintings to look accurate.
On a night when many of the world’s most gifted creative mavens shared the stage to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s centenary and to fight poverty in Africa, one artist of a different kind got in on the action. Lebani Sirenje, popularly known as “Rasta” took on the massive task of paying tribute to Beyoncé and Jay-Z by painting portraits of the American singers.
It’s safe to say that Mzansi has not been impressed with many of Rasta’s artistic endeavours over the years. The painter has famously attempted to pay tribute to the likes of HHP, ProKid, and even Winnie Mandela at their funerals, but his portraits hardly ever resemble the figures he’s trying to depict.
This time it wasn’t a funeral, but the artist decided to pay his respects to The Carters by painting both Jay-Z and Beyoncé on the day of their blockbuster performance at Global Citizen. However, Rasta does not seem to have taken to heart any of the (strong) criticism that has been sent his way over the years. Social media was quick to point out, once again, that the final ‘portraits’ looked nothing like the American singers
After his latest paintings emerged, Mzansi felt,
"we need to come together as a nation to discuss a way forward when it comes to Rasta".
Others said he needed to stop drawing altogether.
It remains unclear how Rasta continues to land such lucrative gigs, especially as he almost always seems to miss the mark.
In an interview with Tshisa Live earlier this year, the local painter revealed that Twitter criticism does not affect his self-belief. He also claimed that his work is sometimes misrepresented, as people often share pictures of his project before completion.
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