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Artist Talk: Calo Rosa

  • Mission Taqueria 1520 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA, 19102 United States (map)

Join us for an afternoon chat between Art at Mission's first exhibiting artist, CALO ROSA, and curator Conrad Benner! 

We'll have some small snacks available, you can grab a marg (or two!) – and we'll hear from Calo about his life and career, including his mural work around Philly and his stunning new four-paneled mural, titled “Tropicalizada,” that's currently installed in the outdoor courtyard at Mission Taqueria.

Calo will also have prints and a few small works on paper available for purchase! 

2:00-2:30pm Reception (this is when you get your margs!) 
2:30-3:15pm Artist Talk + Audience Q&A
3:15-4:00pm Calo to Sell Prints and Small Works* (support local artists, y’all!)

*Cash and Venmo will be accepted

Born in San Salvador, Calo lives and works in Philadelphia where he has created some of our city’s most beautiful, eye-catching murals. Calo comes from a family of artists with diverse media including graphic design, Brazilian percussion, oil painting, and cake-making. He holds a degree in Fine and Visual Arts from the Centro Nacional de Artes (CENAR) and a degree in graphic design from Don Bosco University. And after becoming frustrated with the exclusivity of the San Salvador gallery scene, he began to define his own street art style. Calo’s colorful pieces portray the vibrant Latin American culture, and mirror the sounds, roots, and forms of the urban-tropical lifestyle. 

Since the first encounters of European civilization with the tropics, their fascination with the flora and fauna of the “New World” grew quickly in to a desire to own it. 

They tried to “civilize” life in the tropics, implementing by force a Eurocentric way of living. An example: The Manaus Opera House, a theater built in the middle of the Amazon, home to the Amazon Philharmonic Orchestra. 

This mural depicts classic European ideals of beauty taken over by plants—the tropics de-colonizing a decaying Eurocentric way of life. An ode to natural beauty overcoming oppression.

‘Art at Mission’ is a new project that’s transforming Mission Taqueria’s courtyard into a rotating outdoor arts space curated by Streets Dept’s founder Conrad Benner. (Learn more here:

Hope to see you on August 11th!

Earlier Event: August 11
Sloppy Copy
Later Event: August 11
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