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Karabo Poppy

Karabo Poppy Moletsane (28) is a multi award winning Illustrator, Designer and Street Artist from Vereeniging South Africa. In 2019 Moletsane formed part of the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list and was named Creative of the Year for 2020 by Between 10and5. Moletsane is an artist fueled by her passion to preserve the African aesthetic and represent underrepresented communities.

“I am inspired by the visual aesthetic of Africa, both contemporary and traditional. Our aesthetic has a long rich heritage rooted in constant innovation and hybridity. I believe that every African carries this with them daily and I believe that it is in the everyday seemingly mundane events where this aesthetic is at its most beautiful to me. So I set out to preserve and celebrate it in my work and represent the unrepresented.” Moletsane says.

With a degree in Visual Communication from The Open Window Institute. Karabo uses unconventional canvases to tell a story of contemporary Africa. She has done so by leaving her mark on the iconic Soweto Towers, on Google Doodles over International Women’s Day, on a Times Square billboard in New York, in a Grammy Nominated videos, on murals all over the world and most recently on a sold out collection of Nike Air Force 1’s she and the brand released worldwide in November of 2019 that recently won the BASA Beyond Border Partnership Award.

Karabo Poppy
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