It’s with great sadness that The Art Times reports the burning of Richard Baholo Painting yesterday.

Richard studied at Michaelis School of Art in the 90’s. I knew that for 6 years he faced great financial hardships battling against alcohol and financial hardships, living away from his home in Limpopo. UCT offered him an apartment for free and went on to buy many of his amazing paintings from him.

In my mind, he was more amazing than Sekoto. His laugh and radiance lit up the room and he was always very profound and kind at the same time. He could have been a great South African Master – but went on to teach art rather than earn a huge amount of money through making art.

The burning of his paintings illustrates the dire lack of sensitivity by the RMF group.

 It’s with great sadness that after knowing Richard, his suffering and all that he stood for, his contribution to Black South African art is now burnt.

SA Art Times | Gabriel Brown

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