Africa

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • But Radebe remains dedicated to what he calls the “essence” of graffiti in his art, and he often still uses graffiti lettering (S. Radebe)
  • He enjoys working with primary shapes and colors(S. Radebe)
  • Radebe paints murals, such as this one at the Noord Street taxi rank in central Johannesburg (S. Radebe)

South Africa Graffiti Outlaw Sandile Radebe Now a Top Artist

Darren Taylor

Published September 13, 2013

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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