The aim of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation is to develop awareness and understanding of Gerard Sekoto's legacy by teaching the South African public about Sekoto's life, art, music, philosophy and his writings. The will of Gerard Sekoto expressed his wish that his Estate should be used to uplift art education for young South African children.
Gerard Sekoto lived in voluntary exile in Paris from 1947 until his death in 1993. Complications regarding his estate, relating to his status as an exile, arose following his death. In 1999, an historic agreement was realised with French Government.
His art collection, numbering over 3000 pieces and his documents and memorabilia were returned to South Africa, and has been loaned by Foundation to the National Art Gallery in Cape Town. The copyright to Sekoto’s work is housed in the Foundation, to control the use of his reproduced images, and maintain the quality of his reputation. The trustees of the Foundation seek to fulfill the artist’s wish to educate young South Africans about art related issues and to keep the legacy of Gerard Sekoto alive.