Celebrity painter Rasta recently shared his painting of the late South African actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards who passed away earlier this month.
Rasta, who has made a name for himself by painting late celebrities and public figures, has come under scrutiny in the past for his work – which, according to Twitter users – are not always accurate. Nevertheless, Rasta paid tribute to the late actress in the form of a portrait of her, and posted his work on Twitter, saying:
“One of SA’s best actress and TV star [sic]. RIP Shaleen. Thank you for your contribution in art,” said Rasta.
Rasta, who has painted Hugh Masekela, HHP, Winnie Mandela, Joe Mafela, Prokid, Beyonce, Jay-Z, President Cyril Ramaphosa and most recently, AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy, many more, was met with some harsh criticism.
Claiming that the painting has little or no resemblance to the Egoli star and Fiela se Kind actress, many accused the artist of purposefully painting another person’s face.
“I’m starting to think Rasta enjoys the backlash,” said hoodparody12. “
In the past, Rasta has called out the criticism he receives on Twitter during an interview with TimesLive.
“I have been drawing for a long time, since my high school days and it’s my passion something that I live for. What people don’t understand is that painting is a process and it’s not a fast process. There’s a lot of steps that must be taken from the first sketch to the final product.
“The problem now is that the minute I sit down, someone takes a picture of my incomplete work and says to Twitter, ‘look at Rasta’s painting!’ but at that stage, the picture is not done, so it doesn’t look great because it isn’t done. But Twitter doesn’t care, they go ahead and judge anyway,” Rasta said.