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Miguel Cárdenas

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"The View From Above" oil on canvas 2008 26 x 30 in
"The Past is not gone" oil on canvas 2009 40 x 30 in
"Structure 2" oil on canvas 2009 48 x 48 in.
"FIRE" oil on canvas 2007 48 x 48 in
"The Tree" oil on canvas 2009 48 x 48 in
Artist's Statement

My current work combines landscapes and architectural elements to create a fiction which oscillates between reality and artifice.
I am interested in realism as a means to create an image of almost hypnotic veracity in which the poetic aspect of the realm depicted envelops the viewer in its unflinching certitude.
My work is based on places I have visited and seen, as well as things that pertain to this world. The language of film has influenced me greatly and I see these images as condensed lapses of time that keep unfolding within a visual language whose artificiality suggests a convincing experience.


Miguel Cardenas grew up in Colombia and moved to the United States to attend the Rhode Island School of Design. He graduated from the painting department in 1996, after participating in RISD’s European Honors program in Rome.
He moved to New York City upon graduating and continued to paint while working as political cartoonist, gallery director, curator, art advisor and set designer among others. During this time he started to travel to the Amazon basin in Colombia as part of an ongoing research for his paintings.
In 2005 he completed his master’s degree in Visual Arts at Columbia University and received the Agnes Martin award. Upon graduating he taught painting at Columbia’s visual arts department.
Miguel has exhibited in Latin America, Europe and the United States, and his work is in the permanent collection of the Banco de la República museum in Bogotá. He currently lives and works in New York City.