Celebrity painter, Rasta, recently shared his painting of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Rasta is ‘back online’
“I’m back online,” Rasta said on Twitter. “Thanks to everyone who showed some love. Congratulations to Meghan Duchess and Prince Harry on the expected 2nd born.”
Social Media reacts
Rasta has received his fair share of negative comments about his work in the past. When he began painting the late Zimbabwean jazz legend Oliver Mtukudzi, Twitter users were not happy saying that he shouldn’t even bother. Now, Rasta’s tribute to the couple – like much of his artwork – was met with fits of laughter.
“Rasta my guy, I think let’s stick to dead people at least they don’t have to see this,” one Twitter user wrote.
“The queen must send the Royal Guards to come and take you seriously who are those people,” said another.
“Rasta I asked my weed guy to step it up, now I understand your art,” another joked.
Another suggested Rasta should paint some fruit or something else.
“Have you tried landscapes? Maybe some bowls of fruit or something? Would you? Please? For us?”
Others are impressed by him: “Your bravery is beyond comprehension Rasta,” another tweep wrote. To which one woman replied: “That’s actually why I like his work, his unwavering confidence. That’s commendable in this age.”
Over the years, he has painted Hugh Masekela, HHP, Winnie Mandela, Joe Mafela, Prokid, Beyonce, Jay-Z, President Cyril Ramaphosa and many more.
In an interview with TimesLive, he said that he has been drawing for a long time:
“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.