Ecuadorian born Gaby Berglund Cardenas has lived and studied half her live abroad. She earned her MFA in Oil painting from Kyungsung University in Busan, S. Korea with further interest and studies in printmaking. Since 2009 she established a studio in Busan and she has been actively invited to exhibit locally and internationally. Printmaking, painting, drawing, collage and installations is something she offers us in each of her exhibitions. Her work is privately collected internationally and it can be also seen at Si Seon Won Zen Temple in Haeundae.
Besides being engaged in a few activist projects abroad she has lead art therapy workshops and lectures in conjunction with her exhibits.
“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 (social, cultural, political). 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.
The woman is always the main activator in my body of work. Not only because of my deep empathy towards other women’s realities but because of my own struggles. I want to pay tribute to the strength in women, to the mothers of the men who die in wars, to my heroines.
I am hoping my work is a continuum and it will change with time as I do without limiting myself to any particular medium.”
Upcoming: Dec.5-Jan.4, 2014 Red/Pink Show, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, USA
Feb. 2014: Miniprint Finland 2014
Mar.17-31, 2014 IV Solo Exhibition: THE MIND WILL ALWAYS BE FREE, Busan, S. Korea
2012 Nov.15-Dec.11 Tree of Life, series II & III, invited by Alliance Francaise and Goeun Museum of Photography, Haeundae, S.Korea.
2012 Aug.22-Aug.31 Tree of Life, series I, invited by Gallery Idm-SPACE, Busan, S. Korea.
2011 May.12-May.18 Reflections, Picasso Gallery, Busan, S. Korea.
Oct.17-Nov.10 Collective Memories, Space-MASS, Curated by Youngjoo Cho, Seoul, S. Korea Oct.3-25. Bodies by Design (juried exhibition), Koehnline Museum of Art, Illinois, USA
Sep.7-11 The Femail Project, The ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham, UK.
Sep.4-28 Stories We Tell (catalog, juried exhibition), Women Caucus for Art, N.Y., USA.
Jul.18-Aug.10 Women In Charge!, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, USA.
Jul.20-Jul.21 Sniff out 2013 (part of Art Osaka), invited by NRoom Art Space of Tokyo, Intex Osaka, Japan.
Jun.27-Jul.21 I wish you were here 12, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, N.Y., USA.
May 29-Jun.30 Embracing Creativity III, Gallery Lee & Bae, Dalmaji Hill, Busan, S. Korea.
May 03-May 17 Guest artist at Hansul Arts & Crafts Festa, Busan Citizen Hall, Busan, S. Korea.
May 10 BIWA Charity Ball-Grand Hotel (auction), Busan, South Korea.
Sep.22-Oct.06 Garden of Learning, BUSAN BIENNALE 2012, invited by Gallery Mare, Busan, S. Korea.
Jul.03-Jul.05 New Caledonia Hotel Art Fair, invited by KimJaeSun Gallery, Noumea, French New Caledonia
Jul.06-Jul.08 Art Osaka, invited by KimJaeSun Gallery, Osaka, Japan
April 28 BIWA Charity Auction, Grand Hotel, Busan, S. Korea
Ap.25-Ap.28 Embracing Creativity II, Gallery Lee & Bae, Dalmaji Hill, Busan, S. Korea
Jan.03-Jan.31 New Year's gift, invitation group exhibition, KimJaeSun Gallery, Busan, S. Korea
Dec.01-Dec.31 Noel-Noel, invitation group exhibition, Gallery UM, Dongnae, Busan, S. Korea
Jul.15-Aug.13 Invitation group exhibition, Gallery U, Dalmaji Hill, Busan, S. Korea
Jun.02-Jun.24 I'M YOURS: to celebrate World Environment Day, Alliance Francaise, Busan, S. Korea
April 29 BIWA Charity Ball-Grand Hotel (auction), Busan, S. Korea
Ap.15-Ap.17 Embracing creativity, Gallery Lee & Bae, Busan, S. Korea
2010 - 2009
Several group shows.
WORKSHOPS (Busan, S. Korea)
Ap.26: Art therapy workshop: On freedom.
Aug.22:Activist art talk: The cultural genocide and ecocide as a result of Asian wars. Effects of logging today in Cambodia - Gallery Idm-SPACE.
Ap.15: Art therapy workshop: On life lessons - Gallery Lee & Bae
Jun.02: Activist art talk: The oil spill in the Ecuadorian Amazon region - Alliance Francaise de Busan:
Dec.01- Presentation about her artwork - Gallery UM.
PUBLICATIONS (Busan, S. Korea)
2012 Sep.: Living in Zen: An interview to Venerable Chong An Sunim: on mindfulness and meditation - Busan Haps Magazine http://www.busanhaps.com/article/living-zen-interview-venerable-chong-sunim
2011 Aug.: The Last True Marine Nomads: The sea gypsies of the Coral Triangle and the effects of dynamite in fishing - Busan Haps Magazine http://www.busanhaps.com/article/bajau