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Gaby Berglund Cardenas

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Birthplace
Guayaquil-Ecuador

Lives in
Busan, South Korea

Works in
Visual Arts

Schools
Kyungsung University, Busan-South Korea, MFA (Oil Painting)

Tags
exhibition/performance, conceptual, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, contemporary, activism, feminist art, art therapy workshops

About the artist

Ecuadorian born Gaby Berglund Cardenas has lived and studied half her life abroad. She speaks several languages and earned her MFA in Oil Painting from Kyungsung University in Busan, S. Korea with further studies in Printmaking. Since 2009 she established a studio in Busan while she has been actively working and exhibiting in solo and collective shows locally and internationally (New York, Osaka, Berlin, among others). She’s been invited to exhibit in Busan Biennale 2012, Art Show Busan 2014 as well as the Koehline Museum of Illinois, USA.

Myeong-seo Lee, Director of Soohohrom Busan Gallery, who invited the artist for her IV Solo Exhibition ‘The Mind Will Always Be Free’ early this year, said:

“As an artist, Gaby makes us think about our existence as women through her unique artworks, which deeply touch our hearts and successfully deliver a social message”.

The artist addresses philosophical, social, political, psychological and spiritual aspects of women, through work that incorporates a unique style with multiple techniques and materials. Her work often causes the spectator to pause and think about issues of gender differences relevant today. 

Today Cardenas’ work is privately collected internationally and it can seen at Si Seon Won Zen Temple in Haeundae.

Moving to Asia woke up an interest in the Artist in ‘Zen Philosophy’ and ‘Peace and Conflict' studies. Whit Altizer wrote on Bracket Art Magazine of Sep., 2014: 

"In a way, her work does feel like meditation. Her choice of colors, materials and subject have a meditative quality that forces you to focus on the work. They draw you into heavy issues through dreamlike scenes."

                                                            Artist statement

“Through time I have explored universal themes such as motherhood, love, the search for identity and above all human relations, materialism, communication and the suffering they inevitably invoke. As my work has evolved, it reflects a more conceptual view and other realities that concern me as a human being.

Printmaking has acquired a stronger presence in my work in the last years but I see it as an equal partner with my paintings, drawings and installations. I embrace the complexity of printed art, in its concepts, techniques, formats, and functions. Printmaking involves repetition and I think there’s a spiritual power in that repetition, like saying rosaries or a mantra. When it comes to materials, it’s about selecting the medium that best expresses my messages both formally and conceptually.

My work usually responds to the detail of a scene or a story perceived through my lens of life, readings of contemporary and historic issues and travels. In these stories the woman often becomes the main activator, not only because of my deep empathy towards other women’s realities but because of my own struggles. Focusing one’s work on women and their bodies and mind can seem very intimate but at the same time is universal.”

EXHIBITIONS:

Solo:

2014 Mother’s Room, invited by Soohohrom Busan Gallery, Busan, S. Korea 

2014 The mind will always be free, invited by Soohohrom Busan Gallery, Busan, S. Korea

2012  Tree of Life, series II & III, invited by Alliance Francaise and Goeun Museum of Photography, Busan, S.Korea.

 2012 Tree of Life, series I, invited by Gallery Idm-SPACE, Busan, S. Korea.

 2011 Reflections, Picasso Gallery, Busan, S. Korea.

Group:

2014

Like a Tom Waits Song, ERC Gallery, S. Francisco (juried exhibition-Andrea Schwartz)

Eagl QuadriART 2014, Eagl Gallery, Berlin, Germany (juried exhibition)

Ulsan International Woodcut Art Festival, Ulsan, S. Korea

2014 Global Gwangju Peace Art Festival, Gallery Think Box 생각상자, Gwangju

Red/Pink Show, A.I.R. Gallery (founded 1972), New York, USA

Artshow Busan 2014, represented by Soohohrom Busan Gallery, Busan, S.Korea

BIWA Charity Auction, Grand Hotel, Busan, S. Korea

2013

The Pop-Up Shop at Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, USA.

Collective Memories, Space-MASS, Curated by Youngjoo Cho, Seoul, S. Korea

Bodies by Design (juried exhibition), curated by Judy Langston, Koehnline Museum of Art, Illinois, USA

The Femail Project, curated by Emma Leppington,The ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham, UK.

Stories We Tell (juror Jessica Porter), Women Caucus for Art, N.Y., USA.

Women In Charge!, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, USA.

Sniff out 2013 (part of Art Osaka), invited by NRoom Art Space of Tokyo, Intex Osaka, Japan.

Embracing Creativity III, Gallery Lee & Bae, Dalmaji Hill, Busan, S. Korea.

Guest artist at Hansul Arts & Crafts Festa, Busan Citizen Hall, Busan, S. Korea.

BIWA Charity Ball-Grand Hotel (auction), Busan, South Korea.

2012

Garden of Learning, BUSAN BIENNALE 2012, invited by Gallery Mare, Busan, S. Korea.

New Caledonia Hotel Art Fair, invited by KimJaeSun Gallery, Noumea, French New Caledonia

Art Osaka, invited by KimJaeSun Gallery, Osaka, Japan

BIWA Charity Auction, Grand Hotel, Busan, S. Korea    

Embracing Creativity II, Gallery Lee & Bae, Dalmaji Hill, Busan, S. Korea

New Year's gift, invitation group exhibition, KimJaeSun Gallery, Busan, S. Korea

2011

Noel-Noel, invitation group exhibition, Gallery UM, Dongnae, Busan, S. Korea

 Invitation group exhibition, Gallery U, Dalmaji Hill, Busan, S. Korea

I'M YOURS, curated by Lee Jin-Chul (Busan Museum of Art), Alliance Francaise de Busan.

BIWA Charity Auction, Grand Hotel, Busan, S. Korea

Embracing creativity, Gallery Lee & Bae, Busan, S. Korea

Prior 2010

Several group shows.

WORKSHOPS (Busan, S. Korea)

2014

Publication on Busan Haps Magazine, Issue 30, Vol.04 Boosting Creativity

Presentation about her series ‘The Mind Will Always Be Free’ - Soohohrom Gallery

2013

Art therapy workshop: On freedom.

2012

Artist talk: About 'Tree of Life' series- Gallery Idm-SPACE.

2011

Art therapy workshop: On life lessons - Gallery Lee & Bae

Artist talk for 'I'm Yours' Exhibition - Alliance Francaise de Busan:

Presentation about her series 'Matters of the Heart' - Gallery UM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Exhibits

Gaby Berglund Cardenas participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2014 Artshow Busan 2014
Bexco Exhibition Hall 2
 
Mar, 2014 IV Solo Exhibition: The Mind Will Always Be Free
Soohoh Rom Busan, South Korea
 
Oct, 2013 COLLECTIVE DIARY
Space Mass
 

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