Gerard Sekoto

Sekoto (1913-1993) was born in Botshabelo in South Africa. Throughout his aristic career, Sekota live in two of the most infamous urban resettlements during the Apartheid era, namely Sophiatown and District Six. His work reflected his life during this time, infusing the harsh conditions with vivid hues and compositions. In 1947, he went into exile in Paris as a protest against the Apartheid government. For obvious reasons, as a black artist, his work was not revered in South Africa, but in 1940 his work was bought by the Johannesburg Art Gallery, making him the first black artist to have their work in a South African museum collection. At the end of apartheid in the late 80s and early 90s, Sekota’s work began to receive domestic recognition, which culminated in a retrospective at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Since the democratization of South Africa, Sekota has been hailed as the father of South African art.