Maria Fernanda Cardoso

October 13, 2021 7PM


Maria Fernanda Cardoso with Eucalyptus Gumnuts Spheres
2021, Photo credit: Jillian Nalty Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan Strumpf

Maria Fernanda Cardoso (b. 1963)
Colombian born, Sydney-based artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso’s practice reveals the wonder, beauty and complexity of other life forms, with particular interest in bio-geometries and the morphology of sexual reproduction. Using research as the basis of her work, she collaborates with scientists, cinematographers, microscopists, sound-artists, industrial designers and even landscape architects to express inspirations from the natural world in unconventional ways. Cardoso’s work has developed through the forms of sculpture, installation, public art, performance, video and photography. Cardoso graduated from Yale University with a Masters in Sculpture and Installation in1990 and was awarded her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2012. Her works are held in numerous collections including the Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Miami Art Museum; Daros Latinamerica, Zurich; and several other major collections in America, Europe, and various regional galleries in Australia. Some of her exhibitions are The Cardoso Flea Circus 1995 2000 San Francisco Exploratorium, Sydney Opera House, Centre Georges Pompidue, On the Origins of Art I and II, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart (2016); Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (2015); MoCO: Museum of Copulatory Organs, 18th Sydney Biennale (2012); Represented Colombia at the 50th Venice Biennial (2003). Mid career survey exhibitions include Zoomorphia at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney (2003), and Inventario 20 años BLLA Bogota, Colombia (2004).


Spiders of Paradise- M. speciosus
Male peacock spider, whole body, Maratus speciosus, 4 Sep 2014, Western Australia


Maria Fernanda Cardoso with Eucalyptus Gumnuts Sphere
2021, Photo credit Jillian Nalty Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf


Photo credit Jillian Nalty Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf