Ecuadorian born Gaby Berglund Cardenas has lived and studied half her life abroad. She speaks several languages and got 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 (USA, Japan, England, Netherlands, among other countries). She’s been invited to exhibit in Busan Biennale 2012, Art Show Busan 2014 as well as the Koehline Museum of Illinois (2015 and 2012), USA and the Hangaram Museum in Seoul (2014). This coming summer she will be present at Art Busan 2015.
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.
Cardenas is currently represented by Soohohrom Gallery in Busan and Gallery Bellarte in Seoul, S. Korea and her work is collected internationally.
Moving to Asia woke up an interest in the Artist in ‘Zen Philosophy’ and 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."
“Through time I have explored universal themes such as motherhood, the search for identity and above all human relations, materialism, communication and the suffering they inevitably invoke. Today 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 a mantra. When it comes to materials, it’s about selecting the medium that best manifest 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.”
2015 'Journal Pages: On Balance' invited by Praum Gallery (formerly Soohohrom), Busan, S. Korea
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 II & III invited by Alliance Francaise and Goeun Museum of Photography, Busan, S.Korea.
2012 Tree of Life I invited by Gallery Idm-SPACE, Busan, S. Korea.
2011 Reflections, Picasso Gallery, Busan, S. Korea.
COMING UP: Voyage, Voyage 3, Atelierhaus Aachen, Germany (Ap.23-May15)
“Prescriptions”, The Drawing Room, Beaney House of Art & Knolwedge, Canterbury, UK, Part of Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities event organized by University of Kent and University of New England. Curator: Dr. Stella Bolaki and Egidija Čiricaitė (Ap.21-Aug.14)
The International Print Biennial “Iosif Iser”, The Art Museum of Prahova, Prahova, Romania (Nov.15-)
Global Village Op Amara at Kunst10daagse (10 Days Of Art), Bergen, Netherlands. Curated by Jeroen Van Paassen & Fred Michiels (Oct.17-27)
Feminism Across The Generations, Koehnline Museum of Art, Illinois, USA (Oct.1-23)
Print exhibition at Grafik i Väst , Gothenburg, Sweden (Aug.15-Sep.2)
Voyage, voyage 2, Tankstation Cultureel Vulpunt, Enschede, Netherlands (July 7-31)
Paratissima Skopje Art Fair #2, Skopje, Macedonia (June 12-14)
Art Busan 2015, Praum Gallery, Bexco, Busan, S. Korea
BAMA 2015: Contemporary Art Exhibition of Central and S. America, Bexco. Curated by Hyo Cheong-jong, Chief Curator of Gyeongnam Art Museum in Changwon, Busan, S. Korea (Ap.1-5)
Encounter Latin & Korean, Busan Cinema Center in conjuction with IDB 2015, Busan, S. Korea (Mar.21-30)
'Reimagining Femmage', Foundry Art Center, St. Louis, MO, USA (Feb.20-April 13)
'Voyage, Voyage', KOEL310, Alkmaar, Netherlands (Mar.20-Ap.19)
'Present' Group Exhibition, Soohohrom Busan, S. Korea (Nov.14-Dec.24th, 2014)
IAFF Ibero-American Art Fair, Hangaram Museum in Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, S. Korea (Dec.12-16, 2014)
'Outside the Margin' Books Arts Exhibition, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (curator: Dougs Litts, head of the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library), S. Springs, MD
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, Busan, S. Korea
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 Auction, Busan, South Korea.
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, 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
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
Several group shows.