Artist creates alternative illusions of reality

21-year-old digital illustrator Kamohelo Morobe, can’t imagine doing anything but art with his life. So it makes sense that he is currently studying third-year graphic design at Pearson Institute of Higher Education in Midrand.

When designing his digital illustrations that reference pop culture, social media, and sci-fi, Morobe says he draws from “things I see, things I hear and things I feel”, combining separate experiences “like putting together a puzzle”, making his illustrations a whole separate reality.

He likes to go back to the places where he remembers seeing specific images that inspired him.

Thembisa born Morobe is also a part of ICONiX SA, “a collective of young innovative African Renaissance artists from different parts of South Africa”, all working in different mediums.

“While some people question the existence of God or gravity, I question the existence of life itself; is it real or is it just an illusion? I’m not really sure. Love, art and music are the three things that keep me from losing touch”.

He says he is inspired by modern art movements such as De Stijl, cubism, surrealism and minimalism and that his biggest inspirations, however, are his fellow ICONiX artists, Derah, Kenny and Sfiso.

“Every time I have a conversation with them, I get enlightened and I grow mentally and spiritually, " he concludes.


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