Biography

MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO  (b. 1963, Colombia)

“The world has worlds within worlds, both smaller and bigger.”

As a child, María Fernanda Cardoso took long nature walks with her father. Carrying a magnifying glass, Cardoso would look closely at plants and insects, studying their intricacies. These walks sparked her curiosity about the natural world and trained her powers of observation. Throughout her career, she has continued to explore nature and its links to culture and science. Curator Carolina Ponce de León writes, “Cardoso’s installations, sculptures and videos seek to unravel the parodies, paradoxes and complexities that appear in the joints where cultural systems overlap.”

In the early 1980s, Cardoso studied architecture and the visual arts at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. In 1987, she moved to New York to attend the Graduate Sculpture Program at Pratt Institute, and in 1990, she completed her MFA in Sculpture at Yale University. Her early projects make use of preserved animals such as lizards, starfish, earthworms, frogs, and snakes arranged in intricate, abstract compositions reminiscent of pre-Colombian forms. Other installations include flowers and stones turned into vertical gardens and funerary wreaths.

The Cardoso Flea Circus (1994-2000) was a six-year series of performances and installations in which Cardoso trained fleas to perform tasks and surprising feats of strength. She performed the Cardoso Flea Circus internationally, at venues including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sydney Opera House, Centre Georges Pompidou, Arts Festival Atlanta, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, and the San Francisco Exploratorium. In 2003, she represented Colombia for the Venice Biennale. Cardoso moved to Sydney, Australia in 1997 and she currently lives and works there. In 2012, she received her PhD from Sydney College for the Arts.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Timeline - Apología a lo perecedero - Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogota

 

Maria Fernanda Cardoso - The Art Of Seduction - ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2013

Undressing a Flower, Bill Wright Gallery, Sydney, Australia

 

Órganos Instromitentes, Galería Casas- RIegner, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Maria Fernanda Cardoso: Colección de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia

2012

18th Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Copulatory Organs (MoCO), Sydney, Australia (Performance)

2011

It’s Not Size That Matters, It Is Shape, ARC One Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

 

Masters of Disguise, Freemantle Arts Centre, Freemantle, Australia

2010

Organos intromitentes, Galeria Casas-Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Emu Wear at the Rodman Centre for the Arts, Brock University, Ontario, Canada

 

Emu Wear, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Canada

2009

Emu Wear, GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2008

Mimicry, Berenice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL, USA

 

Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

 

Fashion and Mimesis, Definitely Superior Gallery, Thunder Bay, Canada (Performance)

 

Emu Wear, Berenice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL, USA (Performance)

 

Emu Wear, Casula Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia (Performance)

2007

Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Galeria Casas-Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia

2006

Maria Fernanda Cardoso: Death Becomes Her, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, USA

 

Emu Next 5km, GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney, Australia

 

Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2004

Maria Fernanda Cardoso, GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney, Australia

 

Maria Fernanda Cardoso: 20 años, Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Cara de Buseta (Bus Face), Galeria Diners, Bogotá, Colombia

2003

Cara de Buseta (Bus Face), Casas-Riegner, Miami, FL, USA

 

ZOOmorphia, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia

 

BIOgometries (BIOgeometras), Latincollector, New York, NY, USA

 

Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Galeria Diners, Bogotá, Colombia 

 

Sheep, Artspace, Sydney; Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C., USA

2002

Butterfly Drawings, Galeria Casas-Riegner, Miami, FL, USA

 

Dibujos de Mariposas (Butterfly Drawings), Galeria Diners, Bogotá, Colombia 

2000 

Cardoso Flea Circus, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, USA (Installation)

 

Esculturas (Sculptures), Galería Sala Alternativa, Caracas, Venezuela 

 

Cardoso Flea Circus Live, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland (Performance)

 

Cardoso Flea Circus Live, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Australia (Performance)

1998 

Cardoso Flea Circus, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, USA (Video installation)

 

Cardoso Flea Circus Live, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris Quartier D’ete, Paris, France (Performance)

 

Cardoso Flea Circus Live, Awesome International Children’s Festival, Perth, Australia (Performance)

1997

Cardoso Flea Circus Live, Arts Festival Atlanta, GA, USA (Performance)

1996 

Cardoso Flea Circus, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA (Installation)

1995 

Love Down Under, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Cardoso Flea Circus Live, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA

 

Cardoso Flea Circus Live, San Francisco Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA, USA

1994 

Submarine Landscape, Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Woven Water, Ruth Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

 

Maria Fernanda Cardoso: Recent Sculptures, MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, MA, USA

1993 

Cemetery, Chapman University, Orange County, CA, USA

 

Gold, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1992 

Calabazas (Gourds), San Francisco Artspace, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Botuto Guarura (Gourds), Sala Alternativa, Caracas, Venezuela

 

El Marmol Americano (American Marble), Ruth Bloom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1991 

Obra Reciente (Recent Work), Galeria Garcés y Velasquez, Bogotá, Colombia 

1987 

Nuevos Nombres (New Names), Casa de La Moneda, Bogotá, Colombia 

Selected Public Collections

The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, Australia

Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Caracas, Venezuela

Daros Latinamerica, Zürich, Switzerland 

The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA           

Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA

Tate Gallery, London, UK

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia