About Jasper Pedyo
Jasper Pedyo was born in Chitungwiza just outside Harare, Zimbabwe until the separation of his parents. Due to his mother’s political activism, Jasper’s childhood home was burnt down. Fearing for her life, his mother made the difficult decision to leave her children in Zimbabwe and became a refugee in England During this estrangement from his mother, Jasper moved around Zimbabwe, along with his siblings; they stayed with relatives and anybody willing to accommodate them. Later, he moved to South Africa with his sisters when he was 8. He finally reunited with his mother at the age of 10 in England, where they settled down together in Leeds, and then to Barnsley.
As one of the few African children at his school, he encountered a difficult time there. However, through the encouragement of his art teacher and Saturday’s spent at Leeds College of Art he developed an all-consuming passion for the visual arts and "a compulsion to make things".
On leaving school he spent one-year studying Furniture Design at De Montfort University, Leicester. However, he increasingly felt drawn to return to Leeds College of Art (now known as Leeds Arts University), where he spent the next three years, graduating in fine art this summer. Jasper’s work will be on exhibition
Jasper Pedyo’s paintings are highly influenced by the philosophy of Alexander Baumgarten, who coined the term ‘aesthetics’ in 1735.
Aestheticism, to Jasper, is very important. He intends to provide the viewer with an environment of visual bliss; his work’s purpose is to be experienced solely with instinctive and physical responses to its structure, color, and surrounding space