Art

Artist of the Month: Arabang Raditapole

BIOGRAPHY

Arabang Raditapole is best known for her colourful Abstract paintings, Spontaneous realism portraits and Pop art. She is an upcoming South African Contemporary artist who was born and raised in Lesotho. She currently resides in Daveyton, Gauteng. She never got formal training in painting; she’s a self-taught artist who started painting professionally in April 2017.Her passion for art started from an early age as most of her free time as a child was consumed by drawing sketches and designing clothes.

Arabang works with variety of media, mainly painting, collecting recycled material to make mixed media art and she also customizes people’s clothes with their own portraits or of their favourite celebrity to make spontaneous realism portraits. Acrylics, oil pastels and charcoal are her favourite medium to use. Arabang likes painting for a purpose, all her paintings have a story to tell, and she’s inspired by nature and people’s emotions.

She likes experimenting, her art is constantly evolving. Her future goal is to touch people with her art all over the world by having exhibitions worldwide. She intends to make a solo exhibition about her Sesotho culture and its history in the near future. To view some of Arabang’s work, visit her Instagram page:@arabang_art.


ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I am a self-taught artist. My artwork ranges from Landscapes, Still Life painting, Figurative paintings, but my unique authentic style that I enjoy and focus on is Abstract art as it allows me to paint what I’m feeling. I also enjoy painting portraits: pop art and spontaneous realism. I love spontaneous realism style because I can show emotions of people I paint through different colours. My creativity is unleashed when I do Abstract art and Spontaneous realism as they don’t limit me in using any colour of paint I want, which is the main reason I love this two style of painting. I love working with Acrylic paint, charcoal pencil and oil pastels.

Painting has been the most wonderful and therapeutic experience of my journey, it woke my soul when I was going through the most dark place in my life. Painting allows me to pour down my emotions on a blank canvas and produce something so personal and meaningful that symbolises my life’s journey.

My paintings have a story to tell, I am inspired by nature, people’s emotions and my own. I am more honest with myself when I’m painting as I can lose myself in the process, the more I paint, the more my soul grows, ‘painting makes me come alive’. The artists that influence my work are Pablo Picasso, Voka, Francois Nielly and Sherllie Garber.

Besides painting, I love embroidery and creating art from fabrics.


2019 SHUDU
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
30.5cm by 30.5cm by 3.5cm


2019 DINKA GIRL
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
61cm by 61cm by 3.5cm


2018 PEARL
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
45cm by 35cm by 3.5cm


2018 NALEDI
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
45cm by 35cm by 3.5cm


2019 AFRICAN KHALEESI
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
60.5cm by 45.5cm


2020 MAKOTI
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
72cm by 55cm by 3.5cm


2019 MORWETSANA
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
45cm by 35cm by 3.5cm


2020 MOSADI
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
45cm by 35cm by 3.5cm


2020 MOSADI 2
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
30.5cm by 30.5cm by 3.5cm


2019 BE MY CALM IN THE STORM
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
61cm by 61cm by 3.5cm


2019 THE CHILD IN ME
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
91cm by 61cm by 3.5cm


Instagram / Twitter : @arabang_art