He has explored diverse media through his career. Yet, for all its variety, Kalman's art expresses a common theme. It is an ongoing exploration of how form and meaning can be constructed from discrete elements.
Metal sculptures are shaped from aluminum or copper plate and hand-cast details. Wooden constructions are created from many smaller elements. Watercolor paintings are composed of geometric shapes that are, in turn, created with pointillist brushwork. Multimedia sculptures result from unexpected combinations of aluminum, plastic, and found materials.
Each artwork is developed and executed solely by Kalman himself – thus revealing both the vision of the artist and the skill of the craftsperson.
A Detroit native Kalman studied and worked in Boston and Albuquerque before settling in the Bay Area more than 20 years ago. He holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico.
He has exhibited regionally at Claudia Chapline Gallery in Stinson Beach, and the Virginia Breier, Terrain, and Vorpal galleries in San Francisco among others. Kalman's artwork has appeared in museum exhibitions at Carlsbad (NM) Fine Arts Museum, Crocker Art Museum, San Francisco's Jewish Community Museum and Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Seattle Art Center, and Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.
Among the corporate collections that hold Kalman's artwork are Abbott Laboratories, Hewlett-Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), Nestle, Tiffany and Company, and the U.S. Department of State.
The artist has also completed numerous private commissions. Artworks include "Salamander," Artech Building, Berkeley; "Asterisk," Cathy Clark & Jokull Tomasson, Berkeley; "Tortoise" and "Hippopotamus with Baby", Danielle Steele, Stinson Beach; "Fountain," Jeff Brown & Andrea Meghrouni, Berkeley; "Oceana," Patrick Kennedy, UC Storage Building, Berkeley, and "Cello and Violin," Crowden School of Music, Berkeley.
Kalman's artwork has been shown at George Krevsky Gallery since 2005.