Over the years, South African artist Rasta has gained himself a reputation as one of the most unique artists the country has to offer. This is because his portraits — which he is famous for — don’t always resemble those he has painted. Despite this, he continues to paint legendary South Africans — and sometimes famous people from around the world). His latest work was a gift for esteemed soccer player Lucas Radebe who recently celebrated his birthday.
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Rasta honours Lucas Radebe with a very special portrait
Rasta does not always hit the mark when it comes to his artwork but this is exactly why South Africans love him.
The artist has painted many portraits of the most legendary South African celebrities and continues to do so despite facing backlash every time.
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His latest painting is one of soccer star Lucas Radebe who recently turned 54.
Rasta was lucky enough to find himself among other SA icons such as Jeff Radebe, Tim Modise and his son, comedian Primo Baloyi at Hadebe’s Mandela-themed birthday party on Sunday last week.
Taking to his Instagram, he shared a photo of Hadebe and his family posing proudly by the artwork at the party.
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A special painting for a special man
Speaking about his artwork, Rasta explained to TshisaLive how he decided to paint Nelson Mandela in the moon behind a smiling Radebe to stick with the them of the event.
He also said that Hadede is “very special to him.”
“I painted it as a moon trying to show how he came as a moon to shine in his darkness as he played overseas and led Leeds United to many victories. So he is very special to me. I am honoured to be invited to the event and give him a painting while he is still alive and kicking. He laughed with me and was all smiles. I was so excited too.”
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