Gaby Cardenas

Gaby is Swedish-Ecuadorian and she left her native Ecuador at a young age to study in USA to later move to Scandinavia and South Korea, where she continued her education and learned other languages. In 2011 she earned a Master in Fine Arts in Oil Painting at Kyungsung University in Busan, South Korea with further studies in Printmaking, moving to Houston at the end of 2016. As an expat artist, she travels and alternates her studio work from Houston, the Swedish countryside or the Ecuadorian coast. Although it is a challenge, a multidisciplinary practice allows  the flexibility to work from any location helping her to balance career and family. A background in project management also contributes to that balance. 

Through my art I address the human condition, the female body, and the realms of spirituality in work spanning mediums from paintings and printmaking to installation, textiles and artist’s books. Focusing my work on women’s bodies and mind can seem very intimate but at the same time is universal. I want to invoke a universal humanity through the female experiences and stories and at the same time utilize the human body as a format for discussing social and political issues. 

In bookbinding I use my own prints, antique papers as well as  textiles and objects that I collect in my travels.” 

Gaby has been actively exhibiting in solo and collective shows internationally. She has exhibited in UK at The Beaney Museum in Canterbury; in South Korea at Hangaram Museum in Seoul, Busan Biennale 2012 and Art Busan; in NYC at Edward Hopper House and the A.I.R. Gallery; in Chicago at Koehnline Museum and in Houston at “The Big Show 2017”. 

“I wish my work to be continuum that grows with me and changes as time does.”