Stunning self-taught artist, 20, wows the internet with realistic paintings

Stunning self-taught artist, 20, wows the internet with realistic paintings

- Sisanda Buthelezi might only be 20 years old but she has the talent of someone who has been painting for decades

- The young artist often shows off her work online and she manages to leave Africans speechless every single time

- Speaking to, Sisanda opened up about her passion for art and what she hopes to achieve in the future

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On social media, 20-year-old Sisanda Buthelezi has been wowing South Africans with her exceptional talent.

The young artist posts snaps of the hyper-realistic pieces of art she completed - some she even shows off before they are completed.

Sisanda was born in KwaZulu-Natal but she relocated to Pretoria with her parents at the end of 2012. The talented young lady attended Potchestroom Girls' High School and she fell in love with art completely when she took visual arts as a subject in Grade 10.

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She told exclusively:

"I have always enjoyed doodling and drawing, even as a child, but my passion for art sparked when I took visual arts as a subject in Grade 10. Under the instruction of Jody Olen, I found and and instantly fell in love with oil painting back in 2016 (17 years old) and was further introduced to other mediums thereafter."
Stunning self taught artist, 20, wows Mzansi with realistic paintings
Sisanda Buthelezi is one talented young woman and her art has been liked by thousands of South Africans. Photo: @sisanda_art.
Source: UGC

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Her love for art grew and today Sisanda masters the skills she taught herself. She painted a portrait of former SA president Jacob Zuma - a piece she is most proud of.

Sisanda said about the uBaba portrait:

"It showcases my skill and technique in a manner that even I never thought possible. I really pushed and surprised myself with that one."

The young artist revealed she draws inspiration from life itself, it’s lessons, and the experiences it has afforded her.

However, she admitted standing out as an artist is difficult because it is such a competitive industry.

"There is so much talent out there and so many means of publishing one’s work. Standing out as an artist is tricky and it takes quite a lot considering the amount of competition there is already in the market," she said.

Despite all the challenges, Sisanda is positive that she will succeed and she hopes to help others who want to follow a career in art.

"My dream is to educate and inspire the artists of our future to see art beyond just a ‘tool’ of communication and interaction with the world, but a way of life and a solution to life. I hope to solve scientific problems through art. I ought to save lives through my work."

The 20-year-old encouraged other artists to not give up on their dreams just because it is hard to make it in the industry.

She said:

"Never stop. No matter the circumstances, no matter the odds. If art is your calling and you can feel it from the pit of your stomach and your work speaks for itself? Run with it. Your talents and gifts are the currency of Heaven – it’s how you thrive on Earth."

Take a look at more of her artwork below:

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Meanwhile, in other news, a talented artist from Senegal, who is popularly known on Instagram as Bouboudesign, has paid a massive tribute to the late Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman.

In a video sighted by on the verified Instagram handle of the renowned artist, Boubou drew Chadwick upside-down with two flowers.

The one-minute video was themed with an official song from the Black Panther movie, and at the end of the art, Boubou crossed his arms in respect, as is done in the movie.

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