Jasper De Leon
Pursuing a love of his craft, Jasper L. de Leon majored in Studio Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman earning his degree in Fine Arts in 1993. Part of his famed accomplishment is winning the Shell National Art competition back in 1991 with his work "Still Life". Two years before, he was bestowed the prestigious Joya award. He heeded the call of the academe and joined the Ateneo de Manila High School faculty as an art instructor for Visuals Arts, Media and Art Appreciation in 1994 shortly after a stint as a graphic artist in an advertising firm. For more than 25 years, he has been teaching high school students basic art education and appreciation. Even with a great number of years invested in teaching, Jasper pursued his true passion by participating in various solo and group exhibits, mural paintings, graphic design, commissioned works and teaching engagements while leading the Arts Department of Ateneo Senior High School and inspiring students to harness their gifts. He used to be a curriculum writer and Secondary level textbook evaluator of the Department of Education. Currently, he is teaching Philippine Contemporary Arts, Studio Art (Basic Drawing, Painting and Sculpture), and the Arts Coordinator at the Ateneo de Manila Senior High School. Jasper takes inspiration from his three young children for his unique artworks composed mostly of sculpture, mixed media, and oil characterized by intricate strokes and elaborate design.