Was born on January 9, 1865 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, and died on August 28, 1939, in Havana, Cuba. He lived the best years of his prolific life in the city of Guantanamo, where he quickly linked the cultural movement.
Although his career was photography, Escalante was given the task of organizing a charanga with some of the old instruments of Simancas Regiment Band of the Spanish army; thus, the retreats that were made in the José Martí Park were restored. Escalante studied painting in Mexico City during 1880 to 1884 and then traveled to Madrid, Spain, where he continued to study painting from 1884 to 1888 at the Academy San Fernando. In 1888 he exhibited artworks at the Exposition Universal de Barcelona and shortly afterwards, in 1890, he moved to Cuba and established residency in the city of Guantánamo. There in the Oriente province of the Island he intensified his artistic endeavors, and from 1918 to 1920 he was totally dedicated to painting. His preferred subject matters were landscapes, marinas and the occasional portrait. With his family, he moved to Havana, where he ended his life working as a photographer and artist, becoming one of the most remarkable landscape of Cuba.