Juan Carlo Calma

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Juan Carlo Calma
Juan Carlo Calma

(1981-05-22) May 22, 1981 (age 41)
EducationCalifornia College of the Arts, San Francisco and Architectural Association School of Architecture, London
Known forConceptual art, architecture and interior design

Juan Carlo Calma (born 22 May 1981) is a Filipino visual artist and architect. He lives and works in Makati in the Philippines. He has been called "one of the Philippines’ bright young stars in architecture, interior design and visual arts".[1]

With a degree from a line of artisans and architects,[2] he finished multi-disciplinary courses in sculpture, painting, and light design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco (2000–2003). He then moved to London and graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (2009).

His works seek to blur the lines between art and architecture. His design practice, Carlo Calma Consultancy, Inc., also challenges itself to cross scales[1] and media from bespoke private homes to public installations that have been called "young, edgy, and very impressive".[3] His works have been said to be culturally informed, blending disciplines and surmounting limitations with new modes of being and technology.[4]

Aside from private practice, he is currently an architectural design consultant at Multi Development and Construction Corporation, where he has produced architectural works and interiors admired by members of the Philippine elite.[5]

As a visual artist, Calma has exhibited in San Francisco, London, and Manila. He has since then taken part in solo and group exhibitions in other places, while garnering recognition from art collectors in the Southeast Asian region and beyond. Calma also owns and curates Manifesto Gallerie in Manila, as well as a fine-dining restaurant that fuses food and art, called Gallery Vask.[6]

Important works in architecture and interiors[edit]

  • 2015 Bolean House
  • 2015 Envelope House
  • 2015 Brutalist House
  • 2019 Infinity House
  • 2014 VASK[7]
  • 2014 Mesa
  • 2011 The Constellation, Diamond Hotel[8]
  • 2011 MI+CASA
  • 2008 The Aranaz Boutique,[9] shortlisted in the Best Retail Interior Awards 2008 in London.[10]

Solo and group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2014 Obsession + Fetishes by Carlo Calma, Manifesto Gallerie, Philippines
  • 2014 Carlo Calma: Golden Horse Perforations, Makati Shangrila Lobby, Makati, Philippines
  • 2013 Greenstallations,[11] Nuvali, Laguna, Philippines
  • 2011 Grammar of Movement,[12] Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines

Public installations[edit]

  • 2014 Carlo Calma: Solaire 2, Manufactured Landscapes 3, Solaire, Manila, Philippines
  • 2014 Topography, Magnum Art Installations, SM Aura, Manila, Philippines
  • 2013 Carlo Calma: Green Installations, Public Garden Art in Nuvali, Philippines
  • 2013 Carlo Calma: Get Sassooned Installations, pop-up installation by Mega Group Inc, Philippines
  • 2012 Carlo Calma: Cabinet Curiosities 1&2, Manila Art, Vask Gallery, Manila, Philippines
  • 2012 Carlo Calma: Manufactured Landscapes 1, ManilaArt, an art fair
  • 2011 Carlo Calma: Manufactured Landscapes 0, NOW Gallery, Manila, Philippines
  • 2009 Grammar of Movement Series, Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines
  • 2009 Self Help City Masterplan, Urban Farm, AA Exhibit, London, UK
  • 2008 SESC Paraisopolis, Sustainable Environments, AA Exhibit, London, UK
  • 2007 Sweat Colonies, AA Exhibit, London, UK
  • 2006 Pimp my Ride, Movement in Architecture, AA Exhibit, London, UK
  • 2005 Novelist Solutions, Monster Architecture AA Exhibit, London, UK
  • 2001 Eculer Series, Posh Salon and Gallery, Fillmore St, San Francisco, California, USA


  1. ^ a b Lesley Anne Tan (23 January 2014), "Manila Collaborates with Visual Artist Carlo Calma for Chinese New Year ", Press release from Shangri-La Manila Hotel.
  2. ^ Alex Vergara (July 18, 2012), "Carlo Calma’s bold, quirky ‘conversations’–between two houses", The Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  3. ^ The Philippine Star (March 30, 2012), "Green Asia collaborates with Casas and Calma", The Philippine Star.
  4. ^ Samito Jalbuena (November 29, 2014), "‘Obsession and Fetishes’", BusinessMirror.
  5. ^ Manila Standard Today (September 02, 2013), "Ayala Land showcases ‘generation of homebuyers‘", Manila Standard Today.
  6. ^ Clinton Palanca (June 6, 2013), "Vask–the resto people are talking about–makes excellent first impression", The Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  7. ^ Marge C. Enriquez (October 30, 2013), "Flying umbrellas, quirky chairs, teddy bears–it’s a lounge, folks", Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  8. ^ Marge C. Enriquez (November 3, 2010), "Sexy but corporate—young architect redefines hotel power floor" Archived 2010-11-06 at the Wayback Machine, Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  9. ^ Anthony James (May 8, 2008), "Dermatological high design", YankoDesign.com.
  10. ^ Luis Espiritu, Jr. (August 17, 2008), "Bagging it ", The Philippine Star.
  11. ^ Romsanne Ortiguero (August 5, 2013), "Artists Cacnio, Calma, Castrillo, and Mallari bring Nuvali residents closer to nature in ‘Greenstallations’" Archived 2014-10-26 at the Wayback Machine, Interaksyon.
  12. ^ The Philippine Star (April 29, 2011), "Grammar of Movement: Juan Carlo Calma", The Philippine Star.


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