ILOMOCA features Jeho Bitancor's 'Poetic Dissent'

9/16/2018 Randomly Candid 0 Comments

Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) is currently hosting the debut exhibit of multi-awarded US-based visual artist Jeho Bitancor who reflects his social standpoints and struggles through art.

Dubbed as "Poetic Dissent: The Artworks of Jeho Bitancor", the said exhibit opened on September 8 and will run until November 7 at ILOMOCA's Hulot Gallery.


Bitancor was hailed from Baler, Aurora in 1967. He was a graduate of Major in Painting and Visual Communications (Advertising) at the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines in 1992.

Fast forward to his career after graduation, he worked in big advertising agencies such as McCan Erickson, Avellana and Associates, Philippine Advertising Counselors, Leadcom Asia and Communication Concepts, among others.

Bitancor's career as an artist shine the brightest when he was granted with an art residency in 1997 as one of the artists chosen to represent the Philippines and train under the Art Students League in New York City.

His success as an artist was painted with local and international recognition. These include the 23 solo painting exhibitions he mounted and  a number of awards he received both here and abroad.


"Poetic Dissent" is Bitancor's expression of creativity and imagination by employing beauty of poetry through juxtaposition and metamorphosis. His paintings portray flowing allegories, ironies, parodies and parallelisms that mirror the stand point of the present day.

Boundless 3'x4' (Oil on Canvass, 2017)
Inhabiting False Heavens 4'x8' (Oil on Canvass, 2017)

The Noble Savage 4'x5' (Oil on Canvass, 2016)

Plight 4'x5' (Oil on Canvass, 2017)

The Tie that Binds 4'x5' (Oil on Canvass, 2017)

"I have always sought a balance between the manner of expressing my concerns as an artist and articulating my discontent as a human being. I believe that art must embody our highest aspirations in terms of expertise, intellectual rigor, and imagination, yet must also be responsive to and reflective of Zeitgeist or the spirit of the times," said Bitancor.

On her part, Vice President for Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Megaworld Foundation Tefel Pesigan-Valentino is honored to host Bitancor's art exhibit at ILOMOCA as part of their commitment to promote the 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," she noted.


The ILOMOCA is Megaworld's first-ever museum located at Iloilo Business Park , the company's township development in Western Visayas. It is the fiest art institution in Visayas and Mindanao exclusively dedicated to showing the workd of mostly Filipino and Ilonggo artists within the realm of modern and contemporary art.

ILOMOCA is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm. Regular admission rate is P100, P80 for Senior Citizens and P50 for students. 

To see more contemporary art exhibits, check out Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art on Facebook.

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