Ecuadorian born Gaby Berglund Cárdenas has called many cities across Asia, USA and Europe ‘home’, before settling back in Sweden in 2019.
The artist earned a Master’s in Fine Arts at Kyungsung University in Busan, South Korea in 2011. She has exhibited in international galleries and museums for over a decade. Significant exhibition venues have been: The Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas; the A.I.R. Gallery in New York; The Koehnline Museum of Art in Chicago, IL; The Edward Hopper House of Art in New York; Youngstown State University in Ohio; The Hagaram Museum in Seoul, South Korea and The Beaney Museum in Canterbury, UK.
Cárdenas’ multidisciplinary practice has been influenced by studying Asian philosophies of non-dualism and oneness, but also by her migration experiences.
Whether performing, making installations, objects, prints or artist’s books, the repetitive aspect of her process becomes a meditative ritual to explore the elemental uncertainty of time, space and being or social inequities with regard to gender, migrations or race. Thread, ink, fabric, and handmade paper are used in metaphorical ways.
She is based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her artistic practice straddles between a home studio, a printing collective and a studio in the countryside.
Cárdenas’ work is part of the permanent collection of the Yukyung Museum 해금강테마박물관 in Geoje, South Korea, the Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities project (University of Kent) in Canterbury, Uk and the Muzeul Judeţean de Artă Prahova “Ion Ionescu-Quintus”, Ploiești, Romania.