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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 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 her work in major art galleries 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 Busan, S. Korea.

Besides being engaged in a few activist projects abroad she has lead art therapy workshops and lectures in conjunction with her exhibits and she's a freelance writer for a local English magazine in Busan.

                                                                       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 (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 am hoping my work is a continuum and it will change with time as I do without limiting myself to any particular medium.”

EXHIBITIONS:

Upcoming 2014:

May 3-Jun.2: Like a Tom Waits Song, ERC Gallery, S. Francisco (juried exhibition-Andrea Schwartz)

Jun.6-Aug.18 Eagl QuadriART 2014, Eagl Gallery, Berlin, Germany (juried exhibition)

June 4-10: Ulsan International Woodcut Art Festival, Ulsan, S. Korea

Solo:

2014 Mother’s Room, invited by Soohohrom Busan Gallery, Busan, S. Korea (Currently until May 29th)

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

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 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.

PUBLICATIONS (Busan, S. Korea)

2014 Boosting creativity: Issue 30, vol.04 spring.

2012 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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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