AFTER Queen Elizabeth died on 8 September, at the age of 96, Rasta the Artist wanted to honour her with a portrait.
He drew the portrait to present at her funeral, but he couldn’t afford to fly to the United Kingdom.
Real name Lebani Sirenje, the 44-year-old Zimbabwean artist, who has made his name in Mzansi by drawing portraits of popular people including celebrities and politicians, said he was heartbroken when he didn’t get donations to attend the funeral and present the portrait to the royal family.
“I’m not rich and I couldn’t afford to fly to the funeral. That’s why I asked for donations on social media because I wanted to present the family with the drawing. But I didn’t get the donations, maybe it is because it was short notice or people thought I was joking. I wasn’t joking. It was my big wish to honour the family with the drawing,” said Rasta.
He said that he hasn’t given up.
“I will make the arrangements to fulfil my wish. I may have not attended her funeral, but maybe one day I will get the opportunity to present her family with the drawing. It is my wish to do that and it’ll help my brand grow and known internationally,” said Rasta.
Rasta’s numerous drawings have been met with high criticism on social media.