Maria Fernanda Cardoso



MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO is a contemporary artist born in Colombia and currently living in Sydney, Australia. Graduating from Yale University with a Masters degree in Sculpture and Installation in 1990, she is well known for her unconventional use of materials and the use of animals as inspiration.

Maria Fernanda Cardoso exhibits widely in major museums and galleries in the US, Latin America, Australia and Europe. In 2012 Cardoso presented the MoCo_Museum of Copulatory Organs at the 18th Sydney Biennale at Cockatoo Island. In 2003 she had a major solo show Zoomorphia at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and a mid-career survey at BLLA, the leading contemporary art museum in Bogota, Colombia. In 2000, the Museum of Modern Art in New York commissioned her to make a major installation for their millennium show, Modern Starts. Here she installed 36,000 plastic lilies in a 125 foot long wall — which subsequently toured to the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, Miami Art Museum, and the Walker Art Center. Later, in 2003 she represented Colombia at the Venice Biennale, exhibiting a large installation of starfish woven together into a submarine landscape titled Woven Water. Other projects include shows at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, PS1, the San Francisco Exploratorium, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Fundacion La Caixa in Barcelona, the DAROS Foundation in Zurich and the Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid. Her most re-known project, the Cardoso Flea Circus, was recently acquired by the Tate Gallery in London for its permanent collection. The Circus has been widely exhibited in festivals and museums around the world, and was performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Sydney Festival 2000, where it was a great success.

Other collections of Maria Fernanda Cardoso include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Miami Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Daros Collection, BLLA and Mambo Collections in Bogota, National Art Gallery, Canberra and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, among others. 
Maria Fernanda Cardoso was awarded a First Prize in the Gold Coast Art Gallery Jupiter’s Art Award in 2003 and at the II Bogota Biennale in 1990. Cardoso has been a visiting artist and professor at the California Institute for the Arts in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Art Institute and the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota. The artist has been a recipient of an Australia Council New Work Grant in 2002, a Scholarship from Yale University in 1989-1990, and a Colombia Government Scholarship to study abroad from 1987-1989. In 2003 Cardoso represented Colombia at the 50th Venice Biennale.

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