Jean-François “Jepoy” Bertrand

Jean-François “Jepoy” Bertrand

Jean-François Bertrand, also known as Jepoy Bertrand, was born in France in 1969. Ever since he was a child, he enjoyed writing and drawing, influenced by cartoons and books. He left a career in business to become an artist after a journey to Tondo, Manila, which radically changed his vision of the world and redefined his definition of freedom as he interacted with this new environment. This was the birth of Jepoy, the artist.

Jepoy has called Sagada home for almost five years, where his artworks depicting human appendages and organs which explore the high price of living are shown in public spaces, together with different artists from various countries, as well as solo exhibitions.

In Sagada, he was also exposed to its community of potters, finding a new medium of artistic expression. Apart from working with clay, Jepoy is also a proponent of recycling and repurposing found objects and making use of them in his artworks, developing one of his long-standing themes — ecology and environmentalism, specifically, the cost of progress to the environment.