Gerard Sekoto

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Birthday
9, 1913
Birthplace
South Africa
Death Date
Mar 20, 1993 (79)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
9, 1913
Birthplace
South Africa
Death Date
Mar 20, 1993 (79)

About

Known for his work in the social realism and urban black art genres, Sekoto is remembered for paintings such as Poverty in the Midst of Plenty; Mine Boy; and Jazz Band. Also a musician and composer, he worked as a pianist and singer at a Paris nightclub and had some of his original songs purchased by a French publishing house.

Before Fame

After taking art classes at the Diocesan Teachers Training College, he briefly taught at a local secondary school before relocating to Johannesburg to pursue full-time work as an artist.

Trivia

The Johannesburg Art Gallery's 1940 purchase of one of Sekoto's paintings marked the first time in South African history that a piece by a black visual artist was made part of a museum's collection.

Family Life

The child of a Lutheran missionary, he was raised in an area of South Africa that was then known as the Province of the Transvaal.

Associated With

Sekoto was a contemporary of fellow South African artist Walter Battiss.