Before devoting himself full-time into painting, Jose Johann L. 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 in 2004, during which he was also granted a scholarship at the Memphis College of Art 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 in 1996, Bitancor has exhibited his works in June 2012 - "6X6X2012 Group Exhibition" Rochester Contemporary Art Center, New York, U.S.A. - April 2012 - "MGAL Juried Spring Exhibition Show" Memphis Germantown Art League, (GPAC) Germantown Performing Arts Centre, Germantown Tennessee, U.S.A. - March 2011 - "Third Annual Project Sketchbook" Rozelle Artists Guild, Memphis TN USA, March 2-3. 2011 - June 2011 - "Relevant Rizal?" Looking For Juan Exhibit, UP Vargas Museum, Bencab Museum in Baguio. - May 2010 - “Everyday Filipino Heroes" Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines. - March 2010 - “Bulwagan ng Dangal Art Exhibition" University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City. - November 2009 - "50th Manila F.A.M.E. International" October 2009, World Trade Center, Manila, Philippines, Fiesta Resort Guam, Tumon Guam. - February 2010 - "Art in the Park", Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village Makati among others.
He was a member of the Baler Art Group and 901 Creatives.com and MGAL-Memphis Germantown Art League based in Memphis Tennessee.