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Francois Johannes Gerber was born in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. He
had his formal art training at the Teachers College in Cape Town,
where he received a degree in 1978. He later studied at the
Stellenbosch, graduating in 1990 with a BA(Honors) in Fine Art.
holds a Teachers Diploma from the Teachers Training College in
Francois taught art at Despatch High School until 1993. The artist
confesses to finding it difficult to speak about his own art or to
evaluate it critically.
He concentrates on still life painting,
but also draws. His still life paintings are relatively classical
although slightly fragmented in their composition, and reflect a lively
awareness of colour-quality. He often uses the cactus plant
meaningfully in his art, and more recently the clown, eg against a
Despite his stated distance from these matters,
his more recent work may be said to embody a certain degree of
commentary on the situation of art in the "new South Africa", probably
in response to an article by Hermien Dommisse on the future of Western
culture-orientated art in South Africa.
In the final analysis, it
is clear that Francois has an abiding interest in realism. Francois has
exhibited officially on only a limited number of occasions, including
the GAP group exhibition and the annual Eastern Cape Art exhibition.