1927 - 2001, Cuba
Agustin Cardenas was born in Matanzas, Cuba, on April 10, 1927.
From 1943 to 1949, Cardenas studied at the San Alejandro Academy in Havana, Cuba, and from 1953 to 1955, he was member of the creative group Los Once, Havana, Cuba.
Cardenas moved to Paris in 1955 and in 1957 joined the Surrealist movement. In 1968, he started working in his studio in Nogent sur Marne, France.
Agustin Cardenas’s work has been exhibited extensively at Gary Nader gallery including Agustin Cardenas – One Man Show at Gary Nader fine art, Coral Gables, FL (2000), and the group exhibitions Cuban Masters at Gary Nader fine art, Coral Gables FL, Sept-Oct, 2015, and Wifredo Lam and the great Cubans at Gary Nader Art Centre, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, February-March 2014, among others.
Cárdenas was awarded with several distinctions during his life such as the Second Prize at the VI Salón Nacional de Pintura y Escultura, Salones del Capitolio Nacional, Havana, Cuba (1953); Silver Medal XXXVII, Salón de Bellas Artes, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba (1955); Prize of Sculpture in Biennial of Paris, France (1961); Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and with the Fujisankey Biennal Prize at the Hakone Open Air Museum, Fujisankey, Japan (1976); Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas by the Cuban Ministry of Culture (1995), among others.
Agustín Cardenas’s work is held in several collections worldwide, including Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal, Canada; Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium; National Museum, La Havane, Cuba; Musée d’Art Moderne, Caracas, Venezuela; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France, among others.
Agustin Cardenas died in Havana, Cuba on February 9, 2001.