Jonah Calinawan (b.1969) is the cyanotype artist behind A Million Suns. In this work, Jonah creates surreal images that explore ideas relating to identity, choice, free will, and destiny. Jonah is an accountant turned artist. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and is about to complete his MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Jonah currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
An accountant for over 20 years, Jonah bought his first camera in 2002 and started self-learning photography. He attended a photography workshop in 2008 where the instructor suggested he pursue an MFA degree. After two years of contemplation, he took the plunge in 2010 and enrolled at the Academy of Art University.
About to complete his MFA in May 2014, he is continually amazed at the unintended path that he embarked on. It has changed the trajectory and shape of his life. He metaphorically explores this journey in A Millions Suns, an ongoing photographic series that tells the story of one man’s search for his future.
Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Academy of Art University,
Alternative Process Group Show, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois. (Upcoming: Jan/Feb 2015)
Of Memory, Bone and Myth, HONORABLE MENTION, Juror: Maggie Taylor, Rourke Art Museum, Moorehead, Minnesota.
Imagined Realities, Jurors: Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Online Gallery & Exhibition Book, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont.
This is Not Photography Exhibition, Society for Photographic Education, Mid-Atlantic Conference, Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Alternative Processes Competition, Juror: Jill Enfield, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, New York.
Finalist, Photolucida Critical Mass, Portland, Oregon
Transferred: Alternative Processes in Photography, Juror: Regina Deluise, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia.
Food Exhibition, Juror: David Bram, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Semi-finalist, Up & Coming Category, Hasselblad Masters Worldwide Competition