Lebani Sirenje, who is popularly known as Rasta, has become a South African national treasure earning himself over 19k followers on Twitter. The artist who is popularly known for his controversial celebrity portraits has painted great legends like Oliver Mtukudzi, Mam Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Nelson Mandela, rapper HHP and gqom queen Babes Wodumo.
Rasta posted a portrait of a man which looked fairly on point which left many second guessing the painter.
However, he later posted another image. This time it was one of him handing over a portrait of Sjava (that actually looked like Sjava) to him at an event. This immediately caused a national Twitter outcry for the real Rasta to come back.
Controversial Twitter user @AdvBarryRoux shared that it was time for Rasta to start using weed again:
"Good Morning to everyone except for those people who told Rasta to stop smoking weed. Your Good Morning is pending until you Give Rasta some new weed, can’t you see that he is recovering".
Others could not believe it was him.
To restore the balance the painter then posted a portrait of Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema bringing back calm to those who were scared that he could be gone forever.
The artist says that he started painting in primary school and has developed his love for art since leading him to announce that he has plans to open an art academy. Rasta seems to be improving his craft and has has his work featured on The Citizen newspaper.
However, what we love most about the artist is that he doesn’t let the critics get him down. During an interview with DRUM Magazine he shared that he did not believe that art can ever be 100% right as there will always be critics:
“With art there is no 100% . There will always be critics.”
What do you think of the new direction Rasta is taking?