He had his first solo show in 1975 in Mexico City, which was praised by various renowned artists. In 1980, he collaborated with the artist Vlady on the Lerdo de Tejada Library murals.
From 1982 to 1990 he lived in the Dominican Republic working and exhibiting his works at prominent museums as well as other cultural art spaces in the country. He traveled to Puerto Rico and New York.
He has produced a series of paintings on paper displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in The Dominican Republic, visited and acclaimed by affluencial personalities in the art field such as famous Art Master Rufino Tamayo, who said that he considered José Luis Bustamante as “a distinguished exponent of the young Mexican plastic arts”.
In 1999, Jose Luis Bustamante was invited to represent The Art Fair XXX of “The American School Foundation” in México with his series “CODICES” (codes). In 2000, "RETABLOS CONTEMPORANEOS" (contemporary altarpieces) collection of paintings was presented in the XXVIII Cervantino International Festival, in Guanajuato, México. In 2001, both series were exhibited at the Claustro de Sor Juana at the XV Historic Center Festival in Mexico City.
In 2004, he created the mural “TIERRA MILENARIA” (Millennial land) at the East University of Santiago de Cuba. That same year, he participated at the International Art Fair “Estampa” in Madrid, Spain. From 2004 to 2006 he created graphic works of art, carving and serigraphy, for the Spanish Editorial “Arte y Naturaleza”, traveling to Madrid in 2006 to sign the works. After that, he traveled to Barcelona where he began his series on paper “SIGNO Y ESPIRITU” (Sign and Spirit).
In 2006-2007, he was awarded the Pollock-Krasner scholarship, by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, USA. He proceeded to celebrate this award together with his 32-year art career, showcasing his prolific and critically acclaimed painting series VOCES DEL TIEMPO (Time Voices), this traveling exhibition was inaugurated at the prestigious Manuel Felguerez Museum of Abstract Art in Zacatecas, and then exhibited in cultural centers and Museums in Mexico from 2007 to 2009.
In 2010, he traveled to Canada and had two solo exhibitions of his series "TERRITORIOS ARQUEOLOGICOS" (arqueology territories) at “Beaux-Arts Des Ameriques” and “Espacio México”, both in Montreal, QC Canada.
In 2011-2012, he exhibited his artworks "SIGNO Y ESPIRITU" (Sign and Spirit) at well-known cultural centers and art spaces such as The Museum of Pedro Coronel in Zacatecas, The Contemporary Art Museum in Mérida, Yucatán, and the renowned Oscar Román Gallery in Mexico City, among other.
In 2012, he exhibited his acclaimed series "EL ESPIRITU DE LA ABSTRACCION" (The Abstraction Spirit) for the “Ex Convento del Arzobispado” Museum of the SHCP in Mexico City.
The following year, he created his "SITIO SAGRADO" (Sacred Place) artwork series for the Sebastián Foundation Private Collection; he traveled to Chicago with other 4 Mexican Artists, invited by the “Latino Leaders” Magazine, where he attracted a lot of attention form world renowned art collectors and significant personalities in the field.
In 2014, he exhibited his paintings of the series "REFLEJOS DE SITIOS SAGRADOS" (Sacred Places Reflections) at the Oscar Román Gallery in Mexico City.
-- On July 21st, he launched his PANORAMIC EXHIBITION at the José Luis Cuevas Museum in Mexico City.
--On August 1st, he unveiled the "DESDE EL CORAZON DE LA TIERRA" mural (from the Core of the Earth’s Heart) at The State Council School of Art in Zacatecas.
-- On October 11th he inaugurates the exhibition "PAISAJE DE LOS DIOSES DEL SOL de México a Nueva York" (Landscape of the Sun Gods from Mexico to New York) at The National Arts Club in Manhattan, New York, USA.
JOSE LUIS BUSTAMANTE a world renowned, Mexican plastic arts artist and abstract painter, was born in 1955 in Mexico City. He graduated from Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas at San Carlos (the National Plastic Arts School - San Carlos, UNAM) ) from where many of the most prominent Mexican artists of all times have emerged such as Rufino Tamayo, along with other artists such as Diego Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros, who represented the twentieth century in their native country of Mexico.
He has participated in eminent Exhibitions in Museums, Galleries and International Art Fairs in Europe and Latin America, such as The Museum of Jose Luis Cuevas, The Modern Art Museum in Mexico and other Latin American Countries, the National Painting Biennial of Rufino Tamayo in 1992 in which he received two Honorary Awards.
His works are critically acclaimed by poets, historians, renowned artists and important personalities in the field, such as Raquel Tibol, Belgica Rodriguez, Luis Carlos Emerich, Bertha Taracena, Carlos Blas Galindo, Juan Acha, Leo Rosanbeg, Rufino Tamayo, and the list goes on.
He has evolved as an artists with a consistent progression, with over 80 solo shows and over 200 group exhibitions. Today, his works reside within significant Museums and Private Collections worldwide.
His works have been sold for some of the highest prices paid for arworks by a living mexican artist by auction houses in Latin America, such as Invaluable Auction House (World's Premier Auctions), Morton Subastas, and other.
Jose Luis combines antique techniques with his own techniques which he has developed through his extensive career, using different tools which make his pieces unique.