Local artist wins the heart of the community

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Monday, 2nd August 2021

Meet Lubabalo Solani. He is a local aspiring artist that has captured the community’s heart with his inspirational story of beating the odds with one tool: his talent for drawing.

Lubabalo is from the Vukani Location in Makhanda and lost both his parents at the age of 3 months. Winning the Fan’s Choice Award at the local photo competition #SnapandWin sponsored by Oak Lodge, we got to witness his popularity first hand. He said his passion for drawing has kept him alive and dreaming of one day becoming a gallery owner, so he can have the capacity to help other up-and-coming young artists.

We caught up with him recently to hear a little about him.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Lubabalo Solani from Vukani Location Grahamstown. I’m 20 years old. Both my parents passed away when I was still young. Drawing portraits is my passion.

Where does your passion for drawing come from?

I grew up with a passion for drawing, so I consider drawing as my gift.

What kind of drawings do you specialise in?

I do portraits. I like to draw pictures that depict sadness because I relate more to them.

How long have you been drawing?

I started doing portraits for fun in primary school, and then took it seriously when I was doing grade 12 in high school.

How much time do you dedicate to drawing?

It depends on the drawing that I’m doing at that moment. Sometimes it takes a day or two or even a week.

Do you see yourself making a career out of art?

Yes, hundred percent for sure.

What kind of growth would you like to have in the next six months?

I want to be in a space where I would help young kids who are interested in drawing. I would also like to go to school and study fashion design. In the future, I would like to own an art gallery.

How are you sustaining yourself?

At the moment, I do a portrait for someone and then get paid for the picture.

To get your own portrait done by Lubabalo, you can contact him on: 060 417 1505 

Email: kosilubabalo739@gmail.com

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