Originated from the Philippines, Elmer Calata’s influence derives from the vibration of the city as well as the peace of the provinces. Elmer's work expresses his experiences drawn from his native land, the "campo" and "pueblo" lifestyle of South America, his travels, and his adaptation to the western world.
The intricate, clean, and layered proportions of Elmer's work are coupled with strong, solid colors reflecting his vision to create something simple, crisp, and organically pleasing.
Elmer Calata’s artwork reemerge from clay, and the discarded and found objects in Latin America. On his return to the US, he started working in visual media using ink, paint, paper, panel and canvas. His inspiration is often rooted in human nature, the environment, as well as the cultures to which he has been exposed.
Ode to roots
Rustiko: Made-up Tagalog/Filipino word; of the earth, natural, organic, simple, nature-inspired, lived-in, rustic, textured, aged, rough-edged, rugged, classic, vintage, old school.
Aregua: A place in Paraguay; Ari (-i, +e) above / encima, +gua (y); water / agua. Above water / Encima del agua (literal meaning in Guarani, Paraguay’s native language).
Experience with ink, clay, paint, and found objects installations
2010: Art workshop for children, Santa Rosa del Mbutuy, Caaguazu, Paraguay
2010: World map mural, Santa Rosa del Mbutuy, Caaguazu, Paraguay
2011 - 2012: Ceramic exhibition, Aregua, Paraguay, Gugiarri Arte
2011: Mural painting / Music video, Asuncion, Paraguay, Ricardo Flecha - Eimo´ana
2015: Solo art exhibition, Washington DC, Sticky Rice DC
2015 - 2016: Solo art exhibition, Washington DC, Science Club
2015: Silent art auction donation, Washington DC, Combined Federal Campaigned (CFC) - United States Department of State
2016: Acting and props drawing, The Real Mad Men of Advertising, Smithsonian Channel
2016: Solo art exhibition, Washington DC, Gallery O on H
2017: Solo art exhibition, Washington DC, El Camino
2017: Art exhibition, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, Art Warehouse
2017 - 2018: Solo art exhibition, Washington DC, Brookland's Finest
2018: Art exhibition, Washington DC, SAMASAMA
2018 - 2019: Solo art exhibition, Washington DC, Himitsu
2019: Art exhibition, Balancing Acts, Sculpture. Installations of found objects, Washington DC, UMBRELLA by No Kings Collective
2019: Art exhibition, Washington DC, SAMASAMA
2019: Art exhibition, Takoma Park, MD, Collective Concepts DC
2019: Solo art exhibition, Washington DC, Maketto
Current / Ongoing
2015 - : Solo art exhibition, Washington DC, Purple Patch
2016 - : Art exhibition, Washington DC, POW POW
2018 - : Art exhibition, Washington DC, Pekoe
2019 - : Art exhibition, Washington DC, She Loves Me
2019 - : Art exhibition, Chicago Illinois, Zhou B Art Center
2019 - : Solo Art exhibition, Washington DC, The Cheshire by PAKKE
August 9 - 21, 2019
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Synergy: From Manila to Acapulco
July 19 - September 13, 2019
Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th St. Chicago, IL 60609
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2012: Ceramic exhibition, Aregua, Paraguay, Secretaría Nacional de Turismo - SENATUR
2017: Art exhibition, Washington DC, Embassy of Paraguay