Ricardo Cardenas was born in 1966 in Medellin, Colombia. He graduated in Civil Engineering and Fine Arts, causing his abstract sculptural work to reflect a deep knowledge of materials and engineering processes. Cardenas’ intricate sculptures seduce by their presence and volume, building connections between organic forms, materials, color and content. They display a visual dynamic that invites the viewer to stop and investigate the elements that compose them.
Although the works of Cardenas refer to tradition as a continuous source of resources, ideas and concepts, it also refers to a contemporary understanding of art and the planet, as his sculptures explicitly pay homage to nature, as an inspiration to all human constructions competing with it for space. The works appear randomly oriented in different directions, but are in fact carefully organized into a harmonious balance between light and space. Cardenas’ body of work plays with geometrical patterns and more lightweight ethereal shapes allowing the viewer to draw parallels to the poetry present in nature such as the ever-changing flow of clouds, the sophistication of a bird nest, or expansive mangroves and wetlands.
Ricardo Cardenas’ work builds on the legacy of constructionism and is deeply inspired by the late Colombian sculptor Edgar Negret. Cardenas creates works that display a unique technical intelligence and emotional energy. His work has been exhibited mainly in Latin America and it is part of several important private and public collections such as the Cisneros Fontanals Foundation (CIFO), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Lima, and the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota. A recent highlight includes the “Expedición Chucua” immersive installation at the church museum of Santa Clara in Bogota in November 2016.
Ricardo Cardenas currently lives and works in Medellin, Colombia.