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© María Elisa Regina Salas Ventura 2018

About the Artist

" While studying the poetry of the twentieth century , I met the bidimensional calligrams of Apollinaire and Mallarmé. Inquiring more about the subject, I discovered that their method lied on studies about Chinese calligraphy, the Carmina Figuratum and Islamic texts, among others. Then I was amused by typewriter drawings made ​​in the 70s by a Russian concrete poet and I decided to propose my own style to work out the subject-matter in the XXIst Century. That is why my artistic voice is postmodern and also classic: it integrates different art languages and digital techniques professing the aesthetics of distributing letters to play with visual codes. I gave myself to the task of handing shadows and lights to calligrams in order to give them a visual deepness. Because while the language might create barriers, images are universal.... By now I am looking for a Sponsor to publish my book about More Than a 100 Postmodern Calligrams."


  • Galería la 303, Fábrica de la Aurora, San Miguel de Allende (October 2018).

  •  Urban exhibition "Mexicráneos 2018" curated by Locos Por El Arte through a call for new artistic proposals. Reforma Avenue, CDMX. (September-November 2018) (*Fiberglass Skull Sculpture intervened by literary calaverita and Catrina calligram).

  • Individual Exhibition: "Visual Poetry" at Art Point Polanco, (August 2018).

  • Individual Exhibition: "Oniric calligrams of alebrijes", Espacio Copal, Oaxaca (May 2018).

  •  Ethos Collective Exhibition 2018, Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City, (April 12-15, 2018)

  • Collective Exhibition at Show Room Art Point Polanco, Séneca 53, Mexico City, (March-May 2018)

  •  Collective Exhibition in Galería En Blanco, San José del Cabo (permanent).

  • “Postmodern Calligrams”  New York Poetry Festival 2017, Governor’s Island , NYC, (July 2017)

  •  Collective Exhibition: “Serenum” (2) Dacia Gallery, Lower East Manhattan, NYC (July 15th, 2017) with oil on canvas representative paintings: “Reflexive” and “Sceptic”.

  •  Pop up exhibition at the Museum of Broken Relationships Los Angeles: “Fault Lines” Confessions of the Broken & the Mended, in collaboration with Frank Warren and his Post Secret Project (April 22nd 2017)

  • Collective exhibition “Ethos 2017”(7) Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City. (June 9-11 2017)

  •  Solo exhibit “Images out of words”(16) Luxury Avenue Los Cabos, Yandi Monardo Gallery, B.C.S. (January 25 - April 15th 2017) 

  •  Solo Exhibition “Calligram Collection”(20) The Cape a Thompson Hotel, Los Cabos, B.C.S. (January 2017)

  •  Collective exhibition: “Fusion XVI – Visual Illusions”, at Miami Wynwood Art Fusion Galleries (oct-dec 2016 and Art Basel Season)

  • Individual exhibition: “Postmodern Calligrams Collection” at Cultural Galley of La Paz, Baja California Sur. (nov. 2016)

  • Collective exhibition: “Fortuna” at the Tequila and Mezcal Museum, Garibaldi, Mexico City in collaboration with Arca Gallery ( September 9 - October 16th 2016)

  •  Itinerant exhibition: “First Mexican Golden Cinema Festival” at the Mexican Movie Star Museo Pedro Infante(1 August - September 2016)

  •  10 pieces Individual exhibition: “Women of Word Calligrams”  at the Mexico’s City Women Museum,(April 27- June 26 2016)

  •  Collective exhibition: “Growing Freedom” at Torre del Reloj Gallery, Polanco, Mexico City, (March 2016)

  •  Donated Experimental “Frida” Painting for The Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of Teletón USA Auction, (San Antonio, Tx, fall 2016)

  • Collective exhibition: “Guadalupana in collaboration with Rodrigo Rivero Lake's  Virgen Mary's from the XVIth century Aniques Collection" with a Virgin of Guadalupe piece on náhuatl language,Parque Fundidora, Monterrey, (March-April 2016)

  •  Collective exhibition:“Ethos Art 2016” by being picked on the 2015’s call.(Expo Bancomer Santa fe, March 11-13, 2016)

  • Collective exhibition: “Art And Disability” at the Hillyer Art Space at Washington D.C. (July 15th, 2015)

  • 40 pieces Individual Art exhibition: “Calligram Eulogy” at the Lincol'n park's galley in Mexico (June 4th/ 15th, 2015)

  • Collective exhibition "Ombligo de La Luna” (Art show room at the Galician Centre, May 2012)

  • Individual exhibition of oil paintings (Piano recital for the Mexican Institute of science and humanities on it’s 30th anniversary, September 2011) 

  • Auction participation with painting: “Tango”(Event Room Ambrosía, 2009)

  •  Participation at the Mexican Autonomous University Poster Design Show 2004

  • Collective exhibition of the Oil paintings: “Conchas” and “Mujer desnuda de espaldas” (Casa Blanca of Lincoln Park Exhibition Room, 2002)

  • Drawing Exhibition by Mexican Espasa Calpe Editorial 94-95 (1995)



  • Montblanc ®

  • Mexicráneos Locos Por El Arte

  • Welton & Sons


Academic Preparation

  • UNAM Diploma in: Dialogues between Language, Science and Art by the National Autonomous University of Mexico 2018

  • Certified in a year of Sculpture at the Fine Arts Academy of Carrara (Toscana, Italia, 2006-2007) 

  • Stone sculpting course certification at the Fine Arts Academy of San Miguel de Allende (Guanajuato, Mexico, Summer 2004)

  • 3d Animation and Visual effects graduated (Westbridge University, 2008-2011)

  • 3d Animation diplomaed (LO COLOCO FILMS Animadores Anónimos 3d Studio, 2012)

  • After Effects course (Incubadora de talento Visual Effects Studio, Mexico, Spring 2011)

  • Certified in a year of Literary Composition at SOGEM (Mexico’s Writer’s School of the Mexican Writer’s General Society, 2007-2008 )

  • 2 Published Romances as a teenager:

  •  “La Nueva Aldea” by Ediciones Oblicuas, Barcelona, (Spain, 2006/18 years old) 

  •  “Mirada Joven” by Editorial La primera palabra, (Mexico, 2001/14 years old, written at 12)

  • Futurist Archeology of Visual Arts course(Carrillo Gil Museum, Spring 2011)

  •  Photography and acting courses (Cultural Centre Martín Fierro at Buenos Aires, Argentina, Summer 2008)

  • Drawing with the right brain’s hemisphere course certification (Hellenic Cultural Institute, 2007)

  •  Plastic Artist Pablo Szmulewicz’s student (2001-2003)


  • ESDAI Major in Administration and Hospitality graduated by Panamerican University 

  • Member of the College Student Group NOUS to spread philosophy, ethics and culture to the young (Mexico 2013-2014)

  •  Part of the UP Chorus presenting concerts at cultural spaces like the Hellenic Cultural Centre, The Watercolor Museum and the Cultural Centre Roberto Cantoral for authors and compositors (Mexico, 2012-2015)

  •  Singing for the UP Miserables play (UP theatre, 2013)

  •  Singing for the UP Chorus Beatles disk as a contralto voice (Mexico, 2014)




  • Selected for the“Da Silva Increasing Freedom” Auction and Exhibition Call about Western and Eastern Culture’s Peace, (February 2016)

  • Essay contest Winner of the VI Universitas forum of Humanities with the essay: “The State’s responsibility to the people" (Panamerican University, April 2014)

  •  Drawing Contest winner of Scribe Corporation® with the drawing: "Preso 26362 “ (Scribe Ambassadors® April 2014)

  • Essay contest Second Place Winner of the V Universitas forum of Humanities with the essay:”About the origin of art and faith”(Panamerican University, March 2013)

  •  2 murals Exhibition (Science and Humanities Institute, 2006) 

  • Storytelling Contest winner of the competition: “About elections and projections”(Science and Humanities Institute, 2006) 

  •  Poetry Contest winner of the competition: “About elections and projections”(Science and Humanities Institute, 2006)  

  •  Story Contest winner (Pedregal French School, 2004)

  •  Artistic carrier Interviewee for Reforma National Newspaper (March 2016)

  •  Artistic carrier Interviewee for Grupo Asir Radio at the “women to the tribune” program(May 2016)

  • Animal Político Interviewee for the National Newspaper’s Report Winner about a handicap discrimination story's fight to get democratic participation rights for the handicapped (National Commission to Prevent Discrimination in Mexico, NCHD, ONU, (2014)

  •  Activism interviewee for Grupo Asir Radio at a political radio program about the democratic participation rights for the handicapped (May 2012)




Cultura Colectiva's Article: "Elisa Salas, the visual artist who rescues alebrijes in "Onyric calligrams"".

"We could consider Elisa as the most important developer of the Caligrama in our country" by Agencia Quadratín

Cultura Colectiva's article : "10 mexican artists you should want to meet before they get too famous! "

Fernanda Familiar's article: "Elisa Salas will be at the Todos Santos Día de Muertos Festival"

National Commission to Prevent Discrimination in Mexico, NCHD, ONU

Alicia Keys visits En Blanco Gallery at Cabo

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