The White House Gallery

Ramarutha Makoba

South African (1984 - )

Ramarutha Makoba was born in Soweto in 1984 and brought up in Diepkloof. His talent surfaced from an early age when he began drawing his favorites cartoon characters. Ramaruth’s artworks are often large and expressive and while most of his earlier works portray everyday people and children their normal surroundings, more recently trees have become a reoccurring theme.

Makoba quotes Tyler Perry: “I have this tree analogy when I think of people in my life…It goes like this: Some people come into your life and they are like leaves on a tree. They are only there for a season. You can't be angry at them, it's just who they are. There are some people who come into your life and they are like branches on a tree... In most cases they can't handle too much weight. But again, you can't be mad with them, it's just who they are. If you can find some people in your life who are like the roots of a tree then you have found something special...Their job is to hold you up, come what may, and to nourish you, feed you and water you.”

Apart from painting and drawing, Ramarutha has also experimented with the art of screen-printing and etching.  He has attended workshops at The Johannesburg Art Gallery and completed a two year course at Fuba (Federated Union of Black Artists).