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Meet the award-winning Filipino artist who paints UAE rulers

Filipinos are undoubtedly some of the most talented people in the world. Be it in the field of music, acting, or arts, Filipinos are equipped with skills that can conquer the world.

One example of which is UAE-based Filipino artist Ely Caluag who has established a successful career in the art industry though his brand Elygraf.

Caluag is a well-known Filipino artist living in Dubai for a decade. He takes inspiration from the architecture and futuristic developments of the UAE. His main interests mostly include fine arts, graphic design, interior design, and art and architecture.

He has also done different collaborations and commissions in Dubai and around the world.

Caluag conceptualized and been behind numerous artistic works like H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s book cover for ‘The Journey’, along with twelve illustrations of H.H. Sheikh Zayed and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed within the book. He was also commissioned to create the UAE Ministry of Education’s 2018 curriculum book covers.

He also recently made headlines after he painted a portrait of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan which was commissioned by Emirates Group to pay homage and celebrate the legacy the founding father of the UAE.

Caluag’s artwork will be on permanent display in the atrium at Emirates Group Headquarters and is part of a number of initiatives done this year to celebrate the ‘Year of Zayed’.

Aside from Sheikh Zayed’s portrait, he has several other masterpieces of UAE rulers, including President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

Caluag also uses his social media account to showcase his stunning artworks of UAE rulers.

 

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وأنــا عــلـــى مــدح زايــد داعي جــانــــي=اســـمــه الــمــودّة وحــــبّ في شراييني وزايـــد وداده بـــنـــى فــي الــقــلــب بنياني=وزايــد قــصـــــيــدي وأبياتي وتلحيني وزايـــد أبــوي الــذي مــا أرضــى معه ثاني=وزايــــد عــــيـــوني وشوفي الي يدليني وتـــاريـــخ زايــــــد فــلا يحتاج برهاني=لــه فـــي ذرا الـــــمــجــد رايـات ونياشيني وهـــو الـــمـــوحّد وهـــو الأوّل الـــباني=شـــــاهر الامارات من المغرب إلى الصــيني @hhshkmohd @yearofzayed #yearofzayed #عام_زايد #الشيخ_زايد #sheikhzayed #hhshkmohd

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نـهـار تْـفَرّقوا بَعـض الـعـرب حِـنَّـا لـفـيـنا حْـشـود At the day when some Arabs were divided, we all got together as one nation. ____________________________________ برواز دبي علامة حضارية مميزة ترجعنا إلى ذكريات الماضي وتأخذنا إلى المستقبل الذي نريد ان نصنعه ليصبح بأجمل صورة. يجتمع حكام الإمارات وأولياء عهود أمة الاتحاد بروح عالية متجهين إلى المستقبل الأجمل. The Dubai Frame, a majestic landmark symbolic of the history and the future of Dubai, together with the UAE Rulers and Crown Princes of this wonderful nation, all in high spirits looking forward to the greater future. #kbzayed #hhshkmohd #hhmbz #uae #dubai

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He who first raised the nation. #الشيخ_زايد #sheikhzayed #yearofzayed #uae46 #uae

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Starting on a new sketchbook with no other than #hhshkmohd @hhshkmohd #محمد_بن_راشد #دبي #dubai

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Aside from portraits of UAE rulers, he also creates artworks of UAE landmarks, such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Frame, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, and Emirates Towers.

 

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Dark Knight — collab with dope photographer @abdulazizbusaud — — #dubai #دبي #burjkhalifa #urbanwild

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Past 3 days! #sandstorm #dubai #mydubai #burjkhalifa #dubaicitypass #meetd3 #iamd3 #elygraf

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