If you’re somewhere near Seattle, Washington, don’t miss this painting exhibit of Balereño Jose Johann Bitancor. Titled Timeline, this is his 2nd Solo Exhibit to be held from December 13, 2014 to January 23, 2015 at the Lynnwood Library Art Gallery, 19200 44th Ave. W. Lynnwood Washington, USA.
Before devoting himself full-time into painting, Jose Johann Bitancor has been a seasoned Visualizer/Graphic designer in the Philippines. As a designer, his practice ranged from exhibition designs to Advertising and Promotional materials for several Communications and Marketing Firms. Upon his migration to the U.S. in 2003, he sought to further increase his knowledge and enrolled at the University of Memphis, Memphis Tennessee in 2004, during which he was also granted a scholarship at the Memphis College of Art, Memphis Tennessee in 2006. Very recently, his longtime passion for sculpture produced several works in wood. Coupled with relentless experimentation with materials, his works now include textural abstractions based on everyday life’s experiences.
A graduate of Fine Arts from Far Eastern University, Manila Philippines in 1996. Bitancor has won several awards and distinctions in the Philippines and in United States. He also exhibited his works in various galleries and museums in the Philippines, Guam and the United States such as U.P. Vargas Museum-Diliman, Bencab Museum-Baguio, Rochester Contemporary Art Center-New York, Bliss on Bliss Art Projects-New York, Topaz Arts- New York, Seattle-Washington, Shoreline-Washington, Germantown Performing Art Centre-Tennessee, Tumon Guam among others.
Baleriano performance artist Rommel “Mets” Espinosa is one of the 7 Pinoys who will participate in Art of Encountering – V a Performance Art event scheduled on September 28 to October 19 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. These seven artists are members of Tupada Action and Media Art (TAMA) collective. In 2009, the 6th Tupada International Visual Performance Festival was held in Baler.
Tupada started in 2002 with ambush performances by artists from diverse disciplines in various public spaces, exposing the masses to the artists’ creative expression where they themselves were on an overpass, in open parks, streets, cafes and alternative art spaces. It has since grown into an art collective holding international art events, establishing connections with local and foreign artists in the spirit of cultural and information exchange and getting together in creating an independent ground for art expressing concerns. TAMA aims to bring performance art in the Philippines further, involving new media and technology as currently available material and equipment to tackle issues, articulating them in today’s language. – See more at: http://batangbaler.net/2009/11/30/bunga-the-6th-tupada-international-visual-performance-festival/
Based in New York, his geographic location has not stopped distinguished artist Jeho Bitancor to mount a stunning collection that once again demonstrates not only his artistic and visual prowess, but his intellectual and philosophical nature as well. It is this combination of these two, the union of the tangible with the intangible, that embodies the marriage of form and substance.
“Squalid Splendor,” represents Jeho Bitancor’s visual exploration of the duality of our existence. He puts on canvas the contradiction between the reality which we strive for, in contrast with the reality which we actually live in.
For his latest collection Jeho Bitancor, wants to bring a message of hope and renewal, that comes with the realization that, “We all have the right to exist with dignity and not tolerate false values and venerations in the guise of ‘progress and development’.”
Jeho Bitancor is a Cultural Centre of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Awardee of 2006, who has exhibited extensively in the Philippines, Singapore, USA, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. Trained in the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (1984-1992), and the New York City Art Student’s League (1997), Jeho has won several awards and distinctions, and is collected by the Singapore Art Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Aurora Provincial Government, Museo de Baler, as well as several private collections.