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 Gerard Sekoto  (1913 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: South Africa/France      Known for: portrait, figure and genre paintings

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Growing up in Sophiatown, a blacks-only township on the outskirts of Johannesburg,  Sekoto's  work shows township scenes, capturing the poverty and hardship of life in segregated South Africa.

He was born in rural South Africa in 1913 and learned to paint at a Lutheran mission school.  In 1940, the Johannesburg Art Gallery bought one of his paintings, making him the first black artist included in that collection. According to legend, under South Africa's apartheid laws, M (showing 500 of 2413 characters).


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