By: Angel Margareth C. Arguelles
PEOPLE can never deny that the digital age has brought a lot of convenience and it has overpowered the way we look at life – accessible, easily pre-tensed, and glued to the technological device.
The era has dragged us out of reality. We now fail to recognize what is to appreciate and what is to realize with life.
But for artists like Jeho Bitancor, his works highlight social issues that will awaken our conscience as living individuals.
He proved this as he puts up his solo exhibit dubbed as the “Poetic Dissent: The Artworks of Jeho Bitancor” at the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) at the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
The exhibit opened on Sept 7, 2018 and will be running until Nov 8.
When asked about what is his inspiration with his paintings, “Ang mga ito ay ang totoong nangyayari sa mga lipunan natin (These depict the real events that are happening at us now),” Bitancor told The Daily Guardian adding that he divides his works with light and dark colours to depict how cruel the reality is.
He believes that art must embody our aspirations in terms of expertise, intellectual rigor, and imagination, given these, Bitancor said that we should also be responsive and reflective to the spirit of times.
This is Bitancor’s first solo exhibit with ILOMOCA and some of his artworks will be on sale. The proceeds will go to Iloilo art communities.
“We are truly honoured to host Jeho Bitancor and his masterpieces here at ILOMOCA as part of our commitment to promote the splendid works of Filipino artists. This is also our way of continuing to deepen the role of arts and culture in the development of our townships all over the country,” Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, vice president for Megaworl Lifestyle Malls and Megaworld Foundation said in a statement.
The ILOMOCA is a Megaworld’s first-ever museum located at the Iloilo Business Park. It aims to exclusively showcase the masterpieces of mostly Filipino, especially Ilonggo artists in the modern and contemporary art.
Bitancor, who hails from Baler, Aurora, is a graduate with a Major in Painting and Visual Communications from the University of the Philippines. He is now US-based Filipino contemporary artist.
The multi-awarded artist has staged 23 solo painting exhibitions.
The institutions displaying collections of his artworks are: Singapore Art Museum, Bulwagan ng Dangal UP University Heritage Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, De la Salle University Museum, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Cojuangco Museum, Balay Segundo Museum, Museo de Baler, Social Security System Art Collection, and the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art.