Ricardo Cardenas

Ricardo Cardenas was born in 1966 in Medellin, Colombia. Graduating in Civil Engineering and in Fine Arts, his abstract sculptural work reflects 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 the emotional energy. His work has been exhibited mainly in Latin America and Spain.

Ricardo Cardenas currently lives and works in Medellin, Colombia.

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