Lives and Works: Manila
Jon Jaylo was born in 1975 in Manila. The artist claims as influences Rene Magritte, Paul del Vaux, Salvador Dali, Gustav Klimt, Jan Ver Meer and William Bougereau. Jaylo has earned himself a slew of art patrons that are drawn to his enigmatic works that narrate “a massively deep philosophy of thought through a theatrical rendition of intensely brilliant colors that seem to amuse its audience and present a status of intellectual complacency.”
From 2008, Jaylo started to receive serious international exposure through exhibitions around the world. He participated in the Uiwang International Art Fest in Kyunggido, Korea and exhibited in Beyond Borders III in Singapore in 2008. In 2009 he showed in Magistrates and Berlin Show in Berlin, Germany and was part of Kunstart ’09, the 6th international Art Fair in Bolzano, Italy. He also showed TabiTabi Po in San Francisco, California in USA. In 2010, he returned to Germany, with Unlocking an Enigma in Berlin, and Art Fair 21 Strychnin Bloom in Cologne. In 2012 Jon Jaylo showed at The Distinction Gallery in Escondido, California – and thereafter showed Methamorphosis at CoproGalleries in Santa Monica, California with an international group of artists. Last year he exhibited Reverie & Odyssey at Artesan Gallery + Studio in Singapore, Vanishing Folklore at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, Germany. In early 2013, in an international group exhibition, Jaylo showed in Painted Sound at Flower Pepper Gallery in Rome, Italy. In November 2013, as part of Ernst & Young’s Asean Art Outreach programme together with Artesan Gallery + Studio, Jaylo exhibited Cabinet of Curiosities.
His major exhibitions in Manila throughout the last six years have included: Boxed, in the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Peculiar People in 2007, Unexamined Failure, Beautiful Sins, Rekindle, Sweet Tragedies in 2008. Exhibitions that showcased his works in 2009 were Art 2 Heart, Chaos and Harmony, Art for Youth’s Sake, Illusional Disfunctional, Iskwalado, Clarity, Seeing You, Seeing Me and Twelve by Nine, in various galleries in Manila. In 2010, most of his exhibitions were overseas, but Jaylo had two shows in Manila – taking part in an exhibition in the Vargas Museum entitled CANVAS: Everyday Filipino Heroes, and Theatre of Reveries. In 2011, he presented at Imagining Identity 100 Filipino Self Portraits and Mirage at the Ayala Museum. In 2012, he exhibited Duo at the Ayala Museum followed by a group exhibition RE:VIEW 2012 at BenCab Museum.
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