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South Africa Graffiti Outlaw Sandile Radebe Now a Top Artist

  • Darren Taylor
From “graffiti outlaw” to one of South Africa’s leading artists … That’s the story of Johannesburg’s Sandile Radebe. The young man was once a member of one of the city’s most notorious graffiti crews. Now, Radebe says, he’s transcending the art of graffiti, while still maintaining its essence. In his work he’s also walking a line between art and architecture.
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Sandile Radebe is now a long way away from his previous life as a graffiti renegade on the streets of Johannesburg [Photo: Darren Taylor]
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Sandile Radebe is now a long way away from his previous life as a graffiti renegade on the streets of Johannesburg [Photo: Darren Taylor]

The King Kong mural was based on the album cover of the 1950s South African hit musical, also called King Kong (S. Radebe)
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The King Kong mural was based on the album cover of the 1950s South African hit musical, also called King Kong (S. Radebe)

The mural he created for the King Kong jazz club in Johannesburg (S. Radebe)
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The mural he created for the King Kong jazz club in Johannesburg (S. Radebe)

He’s now using cardboard to create his art, and is blurring the boundaries between art and architecture (S. Radebe)
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He’s now using cardboard to create his art, and is blurring the boundaries between art and architecture (S. Radebe)

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