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Ras Silas Motse, (South Africa)

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Ras’ Biography

Ras Silas Motse is a Mixed Media/ Street artist who works with the concept of capturing feelings to narate contemporary concepts using different people with normal township scenery/imagery and beyond.

He has been working to understand himself due to his calling (which according to him is Art). He loves everything he creates and believes that his work is spiritual because of his various dreams and the images he sees, which eventually invite him to be in the right space and time.

His calling came as a result of him starting off from a young age as a cartoonist during his primary school days in Thaba Nchu, a small isolated town called Motlatla. When Ras left high school, he went on to study Fine Arts and obtained a PGCE at the Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa. He proceeded afterwards to work as a high school educator and is now a full-time artist.

Awards:
➢ First place: Where Art and Science meet Pan African Award: SANTHE 2020.
➢ State of the Art Gallery Award People’s Choice Award Winner 2019
Brand Endorsement:
➢ 2021 Menu Launch // Cause I Effect & Redbull
➢ 2021 Give Her A Crown // Jaguar SA & Give Her A Crown
➢ 2020 Sisonke Mzansi // Chivas Regal Artist, Penord Ricard.

Mural Commissions
2022
2022 Shacks for UrbanBurn // Bridge for Music Academy.
2022 Mural of Hope // Take A lot Headquarters
2021 5 artists 1 Message // International Public Art Festival, Baz-Art Cape Town, CBD
2022 #yourbestshot // Accelerate, Santam, Langa CPT
2022 Colours of Healing // Avian Park New Clinic, Worcester Mural Commissions

2021
2021 International Public Art Festival // Baz-ART, Salt River.
2021 Township Dream // Cause I Effect-Redbull , Langa TownShip.
2021 Solutions for Plastic Pollution //The British Council: Museum of Plastic-Baz-Art, Canal Walk
and Langa Township.
2021 Walls for Water // Baz-Art and Viva Conagua South Africa, Bulungula: Eastern Cape.
2021 #cocreateMYCITY // Embassy of Netherlands & WorldWide Cartoon Movement, Johannesburg, Gauteng
2021 Scientist Media Lap // University of Stellenbosch, Vuwani, Limpopo

Selected Exhibitions
2022
➢Group Exhibition YoungBloodGallery: Energy , 2022.

2021
➢ Alliance Francaise in Studio: Pop Series 1 and 2 (Nicolas Lehmanns’s Studio &Foundery, 2021.
➢ Zip Zap Circus Annual Auction. 2021
➢ I am Funda Auction: Funda Centre & Aspire Art Auctions 2021
➢ O MANG, O TSWA KAE, OYA KAE? :LatitudesOnline . 2021
➢ Crossing: Salle Rose De Mai, La Colle Sur Loup, France 2021
➢ Solo Exhibition: Makuded’ Ubumnyama: Alliance Francaise Du Cap, 2021

2020
➢ 3 Man collaboration work Exhibition. Curator Senzeni Marasela (Soweto Art Project: Beyond Covid)
➢ Group Exhibition: Artyii.com: Umzansi Umoya
➢ Virtual Exhibition: Artbox project Zurich 2.0 SwissartExpo.
➢ International Group Exhibition: Collection of art around the Globe: Art During COVID_19 The
Pandemic.
➢ Group Exhibition: Celebrating the king in the Arts 3 man’s Show: Soweto Art WWeek 7, ArtsAlive’

2019
➢ Group-Public Exhibition at Mall of AFRICA by Art Miller Institute of Art
➢ Digital feature with SEE.ME at The Affordable Art Fair in New York
➢ Featured at the National Arts Festival together with The Cultural Exchange and Imiloa
➢ Solo Exhibition: (Bureaucracies of Rubbish: Recycling of Self Identity) at Eyethu ➢ Art Space Group
Exhibition: The revolution Will be Televised: Soweto Art Week 6, ArtsAlive
➢ Group Exhibition: Mazars: Egoli ART Fair, with PinpointOne and Gavin Project.

2018
➢ Group Exhibition at Soweto Theatre, Taking Back The Land Of The Mind
➢ Solo Exhibition: The Reef Hotel, titled (Untold and Unseen Struggles)

2017
➢ Group Exhibition at Touch of Genius Art Gallery in Randburg

2013
➢ Group exhibition, Absa Township Art Exhibition Crew competition in the Batho location.

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