Francis Calimlim is a Filipino American interdisciplinary artist whose work explores subjectivity within Filipino American diasporic communities and their (neo/post)colonial symptoms. Utilizing mixed media processes including drawing, sculpture and collage, he focuses on the subject of the balikbayan (overseas Filipino) entangled in intergenerational collisions and trauma. Calimlim is interested in the individual residing within and who forms these communities, who are often times generalized under the focus of communal healing, resistance, and solidarity.
Calimlim is currently based in San Francisco. He was born in Quezon City, Philippines and was raised in San Diego, California. He has participated in a number of group shows in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He received his BFA in Multimedia at San Diego State University in 2011 and his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016.