Gerhard van Niekerk was born in 1980 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. From a young age Gerhard developed a keen interest in the human body. Its individual uniqueness, beauty, strength and movement, but also its fragility, vulnerability and temporality. These are also the underlying themes of his sculptures.
Gerhard prefers to model his sculptures in clay, whereafter he casts it in a unique marble and GFRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete) composite he developed. This medium creates sculptures of immense strength and durability, while still allowing him to portray his interpretations of the human body.
Gerhard is represented by three of the most highly regarded and iconic galleries in South Africa, namely Knysna Fine Art, The Gallery at Grande Provence in Franschhoek and Agapanthus in Kalk Bay.
These galleries specialize in contemporary South African art in a variety of media, although a number of international fine artists are also exhibited. They host several annual exhibitions and regularly mount shows elsewhere in South Africa, Europe and the USA.
The owner of these galleries is Trent Read, the elder son of the late Everard Read, who was the doyen of South African art dealers. Trent is considered an expert in contemporary South African art. He and his team consult to museums, corporate and private collectors both locally and internationally, and offer expert advice on the care and maintenance of collections.