Gallery OonH Presents Elmer Calata

By Editorial Team on September 13, 2016

Fri, 02 September 2016 - Thu, 22 September 2016

Photo courtesy of Elmer Calata.
Photo courtesy of Elmer Calata.


Currently on view through September 22.


Calata’s artwork emerged from clay, discarded and found objects in rural Paraguay in 2011, and has adopted a modern aesthetic equally at home currently in Washington, DC. The idea behind his work is to create something simple, crisp and organically pleasing. On his return to The United States, he started working on visual media using ink, paint, paper, panel and canvas. His inspiration is often rooted in nature as well as cultures he’s been exposed to. Born and raised in both urban and rural Philippines, Elmer’s influence has come from both the loud vibration of the city and the mute stillness of the provinces. From the “campo” lifestyle of South America, his travels to different parts of the world, to his native land and adaptation to the western world, Elmer’s work expresses the intricate, the clean, and the solid colors and layered proportions of his visions from these varied experiences.

  • 2010 – Santa Rosa del Mbutuy, Caaguazu, Paraguay. Art workshop for children 6-15
  • 2010 – Santa Rosa del Mbutuy, Caaguazu, Paraguay. World Map mural
  • 2011 – 2012: Gugiarri Arte, Aregua Paraguay: Clay – plates, installations
  • 2011 – Music video, Asuncion Paraguay: Mural painting for Ricardo Flecha, Paraguayan folk artists
  • 2015 – Art show, Washington DC, Sticky Rice DC. Drawings, ink on paper
  • 2015 – 2016: Art display, Washington DC, Science Club. Drawings, ink on paper
  • 2015 – Current: Art display, Washington DC, Purple Patch. Drawings, ink on paper
  • 2016 – Art display, Washington DC, Pow Pow. Drawings, ink on paper

Gallery Hours:

  • Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday-Friday: 1pm to 6:30pm

Gallery OonH is located at 1354 H St. NE. For more information visit