South African artist Lebani Sirenje, popularly known as Rasta the Artist, has been receiving a lot of backlash for his painting of the late American actor and Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.
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Rasta has become notorious for his paintings of prominent deceased people, mainly South Africans, as his paintings somehow never seem to resemble their subjects at all.
It was no different in the case of Chadwick Boseman’s painting. When Rasta shared the finished potrait of the American star who died over the weekend, social media quickly exploded as people were not impressed with his work. Rasta even tagged Marvel Studios and Chadwick Boseman’s social media accounts.
RIP to the first black marvel superhero
— Rasta The Artist (@RastaArtist) September 3, 2020
Many were of the opinion that Rasta had painted someone else and not Boseman.
Some opined that the only thing that he got correct is the claws while others said the painting seemed close to Lionel Richie than Boseman. Some even said that the painting looked more like George Floyd or Wesley Snipes.
Below are some of the reactions from social media
I've never seen such disrespect 😭😂
If American Twitter sees this, we are in trouble. pic.twitter.com/IArwCpeknM
— Xolani Ngcobo (@XolaniNgcobo167) September 3, 2020
Lionel Ritchie or Teddy Pendergrass
— Brutus Hadebe (@BongaBrutus101) September 3, 2020
— ⚜️Druz⚜️ (@CrispyDeep) September 3, 2020
The only thing you got right is the claws😭
— 💅🏽Ntandokaziii👑 (@Rosey_Berry) September 3, 2020