CUT Alumnus uses the power of his artistic skills to fight crime

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CUT Alumnus uses the power of his artistic skills to fight crime

Lamborghini South Africa recently chose Rassilas Motse to represent Africa in its' 60th anniversary. He will be crafting an art piece for them, a celebration of Lamborghini's legacy.

Everyone has their idea of what a hero is. Some people think of superheroes with capes and superpowers, while others think of everyday people who go above and beyond to help others. Ras as he is fondly known, is one such hero. He uses the power of his artistic skills to fights crime. 

A passionate artist from a tender age, Ras enrolled for degree in Fine Arts at the Central University of Technology to polish his skill and later a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. 

Today, he is a part-time multimedia artist, specialising in street art, public art, illustration, and fine art. He also does corporate company commissions, showcasing his work in different galleries. Ras is also a Warrant Officer in the Forensic Analysis field for the South African Police Service (SAPS) as a facial forensic expert, where he reconstructs facial image that is recognisable for identification purposes. "The best thing about my job, is to share moments with the victims and directly use my craft to help them find justice. One of my goals is to have my sketches used for national cases."

When it comes to his art, Ras said he wants to create pieces that inspires and provoke emotions for viewers to see the world differently. "I want my work to promote social change, address social or political issues, and raise awareness about important causes such as climate change, racism, inequality, or human rights. I also want to connect with others through my work, communicate my ideas and emotions, create a sense of community and share my experiences. Every artist has unique goals and aspirations for their work, but the most important thing is to create work that is authentic to your own vision and values, and that brings personal fulfilment and satisfaction. That's what I stand for,” he concluded.

Ras was also announced as one of the 4th Street Wines Call 4 creators competition winners!

Uploaded: 05 December 2023
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