Ecuadorian born Gaby Berglund Cárdenas has called many cities across Asia, USA and Europe ‘home’, travelling with her family across the globe before settling back in Sweden in 2019. With a background in project management, her travels allowed her to extend her artistic practice, earning a Master’s in Fine Arts at Kyungsung University in Busan, South Korea in 2011. The artist has exhibited in international galleries and museums for over a decade.
Cárdenas’ multidisciplinary practice has been influenced by studying Asian philosophies of non-dualism and oneness.
Whether performing, making installations, objects, prints or artist’s books, the repetitive aspect of her process becomes a meditative ritual to explore the elemental uncertainty of time, space and being or social inequities with regard to gender, migrations or race. Thread, ink, fabric, and handmade paper are used in metaphorical ways.
Today her artistic practice straddles between her home studio in Gothenburg, a printing collective and a bigger studio in the countryside of Sweden.
Significant exhibition venues has been: The Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas; the A.I.R. Gallery in New York; The Koehnline Museum of Art in Chicago, IL; The Edward Hopper House of Art in New York; Youngstown State University in Ohio; The Hagaram Museum in Seoul, South Korea and The Beaney Museum in Canterbury, UK.
Cárdenas’ work is part of the permanent collection of the Yukyung Museum 해금강테마박물관 in Geoje, South Korea, the Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities project (University of Kent) in Canterbury, Uk and the Muzeul Judeţean de Artă Prahova “Ion Ionescu-Quintus”, Ploiești, Romania.