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Lucas Radebe
Callan Grecia
Artwork 2019
Callan Grecia's acrylic painting 'Lucas Radebe' that depicts the titular soccer player.
Artwork: Callan Grecia, Lucas Radebe (2019). Acrylic on paper. 51 x 30 cm. Courtesy of Alexander Richards.
Artist Callan Grecia Title Lucas Radebe Date 2019 Materials Acrylic on paper Dimensions 51 x 30 cm Credit Courtesy of Alexander Richards

From Phokeng Tshepo Setai and Alexander Richards, the curators of Exhibition Match '22:

In his painting of Bafana Bafana legend Lucas Radebe, Grecia depicts the captain with his signature look from the triumphant 1996 AFCON tournament – held in South Africa and considered one of the most important nation-building events in the country’s history. Nelson Mandela said of Radebe: “This is my hero.”

Through his making, Callan Grecia critically examines Western notions of academy and artistic production, and finds in each modernist ‘ism’ a distinctly South African expression.