- A young artist from Rustenburg's portrait of President Ramaphosa stunned South Africa
- Some users tried comparing his work to that of Rasta, but most agreed they were in different leagues
- Users joked that Rasta specializes in 'disfigurements'
Unimpressed by Rasta’s painting of President Cyril Ramaphosa created at the 107th manifesto launch in Durban, social media found a talented young artist who not only captures the likeness of political figures, but does so with a beautiful artistic style and intense realism.
The artist from Thlabane in Rustenburg is giving Rasta a run for his money, especially now that his stunning portrait of president Ramaphosa has been shared and praised on social media platform, Twitter, found Briefly.co.za.
The portrait painted on a wall is larger than life and even though it is still not complete in the photo, it already captures the essence of the ANC leader, from the wisdom in his eyes to the wrinkles of time around his smile.
While no one could deny that the young man has incredible talent, Rasta has already won the hearts of many South Africans who defended the artist, saying he is just “misunderstood”. More users added that Rasta’s work is one of imagination, not realism, and that he specializes in disfigurements, which is apparently become his brand.
The social media users agreed that there was no need for a comparison as the emerging young artist’s work speaks for itself, and is in a different league to the beloved Rasta.
Better known as ‘Rasta’, Lebani Sirenji has become a social media celebrity, known for painting portraits of well-known South African figures and celebrities, such as Nelson Mandela, HHP and ProKid, usually after they've passed away.
Despite social media’s tendency to criticize his unfinished works, Rasta’s work and passion is praised by South Africans
Twitter user, @bulliano7, hoped that sharing the photo of a talented young kid and his creations would help him rise to social media infamousy, hopefully leading to some commissioned work.
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