Jomike Tejido

Jan 17 To Feb 17, 2024

Abstraction, geometry, and the four seasons converge into havens of repose in Jomike Tejido’s Solo Online Release with Cartellino: Yasumi.

Tejido takes his cue from his travels to Japan, anchoring the series to the Japanese term ‘yasumi’ (vacation). For him, it is a land of nothing less but relief; an enduring site of revival, come whatever season of the year it may be.

“It is in Japan where I get to replenish myself with nature, life, silence, art, sights, and sounds that I normally do not experience in my daily routine. As it helps my mind decongest, my mind enters into an imaginary fifth season for hatching something new,” the artist explains.

He thus derives his visual language from the four seasons, where the vivid hues of spring, summer, autumn, and winter come together to enliven his dexterity in the abstract form. Under his maneuver, lines, colors, and textures in disparate configurations become terrains of motley coherence—akin to revelries of form that allow reprieve.

Across more than twenty works: canvases, paper collages, and wooden sculptures, Tejido’s geometries contain a world lived in its most sublime—through the magic of spring, the glee of summer, the dream of autumn, and the coziness of winter.

Formally trained as an architect, Jomike Tejido (b.1982) is adept at manipulating the pictorial plane through abstraction. Using geometric shapes and rhythmically alternating between different vibrant colors and textures, Tejido creates imaginary worlds that appear alive, as though they are sticking out of the canvas. Finding such spirit in his works no longer comes as a surprise, after having written and illustrated over 100 children’s books, Tejido paints as a child sees the world— with great sense of wonder and awe.

Working across different media, Tejido maintains this childlike curiosity in his other artistic pursuits. In 2020, he began making puzzle-like sculptures, inviting the viewer to explore the various forms that can be created by rearranging each piece.

For his works on canvas and sculpture, Tejido has received numerous awards and grants, including being shortlisted for the Sculpture Category in the Philippine Art Awards in 2020. As a writer and illustrator, he has worked on children’s books for publishers abroad, among his clients were Scholastic NYC and Little & Brown Books USA. He has also exhibited his works in various local art spaces and in galleries in France and Japan.