JEFRO

 

As a child Jefro experienced multi-cultural lifestyles by traveling through Asia,being raised in the Philippines (along with 5 sisters), and going to high school in Hawaii. You will notice an Asian influence in his painting by recognizing familiar symbols of that region: bold colors, fish which are the back bone of the Pacific Rim, sharp lines that are visible in the Asian language, and crowns which represent monarchs of that vast area as well as his aspiration to reach the top. Translating the world he sees and expressing it on canvas allows Jefro to learn what it is to be human. This technique, along with other symbols and artistic values has a profound affect on his evolution as an artist. Yet, it was through adversity (internal and external) that Jefro developed his great love for painting. While in school in Hawaii, he was actually dismissed from painting class because his teacher felt he could not paint. So, instead, Jefro chose to express himself creatively through music for ten years. A natural artist, he found it easy to interpret his feelings and surroundings by playing the classical guitar and piano. Still his passion remained with visual art. At 26, Jefro once again picked up paintbrush and started painting. It was then that he had a profound inner realization that being a painter was his true calling in life. Today, he continues to develop innovative and powerful work incorporating multidimensional colors laid upon one another to a canvas.