The artist, Jefro, began developing his intuitive talent during childhood. Soft
spoken and thoughtful, the artist seems to be at peace with his art and life.
His painted images are a celebration of repeated icons, which symbolically
relate back to the remarkable life he led traveling through Asia, growing up in
the Philippines and finally attending high school in Hawaii.
Artists, by and large, are products of the major influences in their
metaphysical and emotional development. Jefro's great admiration for his craft
is evident as the paintings are full of life and the joy of picture making. A
deeper look into the structure of his painting reveal a well thought out
balancing act of horizontal and vertical supports that sets up a rhythmic poetic
tension. These abstract depictions of mostly female figures are reinforced with
wide, thick dark lines that seem to act as dividers from background elements
while emphasizing silhouetted designs.
||Jefro and Helmut Koller (painter an photographer
working in the studio next door.)
A majority of the figures are vaguely reminiscent of a loose deck of cards
with personalities to match. Figures with a decidedly royal feeling complete
with crowns, hearts, diamonds, pearls and other symbols for a winning hand.
Kings and queens and a few jokers thrown in for good measure seem to be an
appropriate thematic road to follow for this gifted artist. Many of the colorful
compositions present a line up of abstracted personalities, which stand shoulder
to shoulder, ear to ear, so that the actual figures begin to dissolve into one
massive checker board of geometric shapes and symbols.
Although harmonic color exercises are clearly fundamental in this artist oeuvre,
black and white images also have a curious strength of simplicity. In one
painting, titled MY Three Muses, the artist fills a grayish canvas with three
puzzle-like cutouts that interlock with profiles and frontal views. Here the
artist embellishes the basic design with white outlines, patterns and dots that
all seem to interconnect like a vast inter-city highway system, complete with
clover-leas, off-ramps and bypasses. It is clear Jefro has taken a right turn on
the high road of a successful journey into private creative investigation that
displays a strong affection for expressing one's inner self.
His latest suite of paintings, is full of his life's experiences and a
celebration of his maturity as an artist. Viewers will discover a delightful
common denominator of vitality, surface texture, abstract figuration and
connecting visual poetry that will delight the eyes and energize the senses.
Bruce Helander Art Critic