Edgar Calel studied at the Escuela Nacional de Arte Rafael Rodríguez Padilla.

He works in a variety of media, exploring the complexities of the indigenous experience, as seen through the Mayan Kaqchikel cosmovision, spirituality, rituals, community practices, and beliefs, in juxtaposition with the systematic racism and exclusion that the indigenous people of Guatemala endure on a daily basis.

He recently had his first solo Pa Ru Tun Che ́ (From a Tree Top) at Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, (2021);and has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Is It Morning for You Yet?, 58th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2022); The Crack Begins Within, 11th Berlin Biennial, Berlin (2020); Los Jardineros (The Gardeners), Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City (2020); Continuous Fire | Feu continuel, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (2019); Virginia Pérez Ratton. Centroamérica: Deseo de lugar /Centra America, MUAC Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2019)His works are part of the permanent collections of Tate, UK; Museo Nacional Centro de ArteReina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; the National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; Fundación TEOR/ética,San José, Costa Rica; MADC Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San José, CostaRica; and Kadist, San Francisco. Additionally, he has participated in artistic residenciesincluding Tropical Papers (2021); Residencia Rua do Sol, Portugal (2019), and at Lastroresearch platform, Brazil, 2015), amongst others.