"Mara Rasta": SA Fails to See Art in Rasta's Jacob Zuma Bday Painting

"Mara Rasta": SA Fails to See Art in Rasta's Jacob Zuma Bday Painting

- Former president Jacob Zuma recently celebrated his birthday and to honour the occasion, Rasta the artist painted him

- The Jacob Zuma portrait seems to be inspired by Jacob Zuma's famous "tea party" with Julius Malema

- South Africans were barely impressed by his work and were soon making it clear in the comment section

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South Africa's former president, Jacob Zuma celebrated his 69th birthday on Monday this week. To honour the ex-president on his special day, Mzansi artist Rasta painted a portrait of him wearing his seemingly favourite black and gold shirt.

Heading online, the artist shared two snaps; in the first, he sits without his sunglasses in front of the portrait of Zuma who looks surprisingly like Zuma. In the second snap, he decided to wear his shades for the moment.

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"Mara Rasta": SA Fails to See Art in Rasta's Jacob Zuma Bday Painting
Rasta honoured JZ. Images: @Rastaartist
Source: Twitter
"Langelihle Nxamalala...Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. Happy Birthday," he warmly captioned the post.

Of course, many locals were soon in the comment section sharing just how much they thought the person in the painting did not look like Jacob Zuma. Others however tried in vain to explain that art can sometimes be abstract.

Read a few of their comments below:

@ChrisExcel102 said:

"You tried thou"

@Inenekazi1 said:

"If you squint....it looks like Mbeki"

@KgodishoMoloto said:

"Mara Rasta.., botse botse what's going on with you? Is this deliberate, is this your own unique style of working or joang? Gape ekare you use different faces as reference to paint a portrait..."

@SediNgubane said:

"Who is this supposed to be? Hayi u Rasta udlulele manje stru!"


"U zamile kodwa. It could have been worse"

Briefly News previously reported that if there's one thing South Africans can count on after someone passes away, it's a painting from Rasta and some criticism from those who await his work. Heading online, @AdvoBarryRoux shared a snap of Rasta's latest work - a painting of late US rapper, DMX.

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In the snap, Rasta sits next to the recently completed painting of DMX that shows the rapper on stage holding a mic while his head is bowed. On the same canvas is DMX, who looks like he is praying.

"If Rasta was a police scatch artist, South Africa would be sitting with a lot of wrongful convictions and lawsuits," @advobarryroux captioned the post.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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