There’s a first time for everything. Under the auspices of acclaimed artist Karabo Poppy and the curation of the Halls #BreatheForIt Masterclass campaign, Buhle Ramalepa, in collaboration with Leigh Le Roux, made her name known in the streets of Braam in dazzling style: with a stylistic mural.
A Johannesburg-based graphic design graduate, Ramalepa began exploring her young talent as nothing more than a hobby. She illustrates “the intricacies of patterns and shading” that her eye gleans. Her creative process flows from the paradigm that where there is a surface (an exterior), there’s an interior. There’s always more than meets the eye. Much like an explorer, she appreciates and absorbs in equal and simultaneous measures.
She exemplified the #UngapheliUmoya spirit in powering through the #BreatheForIt mentorship to create her first mural alongside fellow mentee, Leigh Le Roux. In an Instagram post, where Ramalepa is tagged, Le Roux wrote:
“I got the pleasure to collab with @buhle_ramalepa on her first mural on the side of @toms_braam thanks to @karabo_poppy and @halls_sa Breathing Spaces
#artmemes #artistmemes #joburgart #joburgmural #breatheforit #southafricanmural #dontsleeponus”
When you look at the short Instagram reel of the proud look on Ramalepa’s face (and Le Roux’s congratulatory nodding), it’s not hard to tell that this won’t be the last the continent ever hears of Buhle Ramalepa.
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Halls Image Credit: Themba Mbuyisa
Special Thanks To: Capacity Relations