Elmer Calata was born and raised in both urban and rural Philippines. His influence has come from the loud vibration of the city as well as the mute stillness of the provinces. Elmer's work expresses his experiences drawn from his native land, the "campo" lifestyle of South America, his extensive world travels, and his adaptation to the Western world. On his return to the US, he started working in visual media using ink, paint, paper, panel, and canvas. Elmer's work has been shown in Washington DC, Paraguay, and Nicaragua. He is currently based in Washington DC.