Elmer Calata’s artwork emerged from clay, and the discarded and found objects in rural Paraguay in 2011. 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.
Born and raised in both urban and rural Philippines, Elmer's influence has come from the loud vibration of the city as well as the peaceful stillness 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.
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
2015 - : Solo art exhibition, Washington DC, Purple Patch
2016 - : Art display, Washington DC, POW POW
2018 - : Solo art exhibition, Washington DC, Himitsu
2018 - : Art exhibition, Washington DC, Pekoe
2012: Ceramic exhibition, Aregua, Paraguay, Secretaría Nacional de Turismo - SENATUR