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Guatemala, 1982. Licenciado en Psicología Clínica. Su técnica es principalmente auto-aprendida y posee estudios de escultura, pintura y dibujo. Considerado uno de los pioneros del arte urbano guatemalteco, haciendo la transición a bellas artes debido a la apreciación de curadores y la demanda de galeristas y coleccionistas sobre su obra. Su carrera consta de 13 exposiciones individuales y más de 100 exposiciones colectivas a nivel nacional e internacional, así como obras e intervenciones públicas en Guatemala, Estados Unidos e Italia.

Ha recibido diversos premios a nivel nacional e internacional.

Sus obras pertenecen a numerosas colecciones privadas alrededor del mundo, así como a colecciones destacadas como la del Congreso de Guatemala, Colección Luciano Benetton en Italia, el Museo UNIS y NTU Hospital en Taipei, Taiwan.

Declaración de artista:

Mi obra es un caos coherente.

Mi obra abstracta es resultado de la ideación de la universalidad de las emociones, de las experiencias humanas que dan vida a las elevaciones de concreto. La abstracción de experiencias y realidades individuales representadas en elementos que se complementan entre sí.

La obra está elaborada en capas aplicadas intuitivamente donde convergen todos los elementos, creando una composición donde el valor estético es paralelo a la expresión emocional. Está basada en el inconsciente colectivo, en un análisis psicológico de los procesos de enlace entre pensamientos y emociones, algo que nos conecta a todos, desde el color hasta la textura, representan la experiencia humana.

Mod Cárdenas - ENG

Born in Guatemala, 1982, Clinical Psychologist. His technique is mainly self-taught and possess additional studies with Guatemala´s art masters, on sculpture, painting and drawing. He is considered one of the pioneers of Guatemalan urban art, making the transition to fine arts due to the appreciation of curators and the demand of his work on galleries and collectors. His career includes 13 solo exhibitions, more than 50 group exhibitions in Guatemala and abroad, as well as murals and public art installations in Guatemala, United States and Italy.

He has earned awards such as Highly Commended Award, SAP, Australia, Honorific Mention by Fundación Rozas Botrán, Guatemala, he was a finalist in GAA, Dubai. He was recognized by the Finance Minister for his contribution to Guatemalan culture, and by the Congress of Guatemalan Republic for his trajectory and his contribution to art and culture to the country.

 

His work is found in many private collections around the world, such as the collection of the Guatemalan National Congress, Luciano Benetton Collection in Italy, and the Fundación Rozas-Botrán Museum in Guatemala.

 

Artist Statement:

The figurative dissolves into abstract forms, optical illusions, and distortions of reality as the assumed “coherent chaos” of my works reveal a deeper insight into our relationship to a collective human experience. In creating these perspectival shifts, I explore the realms of sculpture, painting, and drawing synthesizing street and fine art into works of art that are accessible to everyone.

 

At the core of my artistic practice is the elevation of urban art, its styles, mediums, and methodologies. In the late 1990s, I took an active role within the Guatemalan artistic community to shift the mentality surrounding these forms of art, bringing urban concepts and techniques like stenciling, from the street into the galleries. I explore this intersectionality through an intuitive process. I favor organic creation as I experiment and expand the research behind my works. Through this, my practice constantly ebbs and flows, evolving into new forms. My paintings explore abstraction from the psychedelic to the gestural. My sculptural works are a fluctuating interplay between materiality, color, and geometry.

 

Here, new truths of our existence are unearthed. In my deliberate psychology-based manipulations of color, pattern, and form, each abstract fragmentation reveals our own distinctive experiences, memories, and emotions mirrored back at us. Between the hard lines and expressive brushstrokes of my work, we enter the collective unconscious. We recognize the universality of human experience, our integral role as individuals, and the elements that connect us all.

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Solo exhibitions:

Muestra Personal, El Convento, Antigua Guatemala 2019

Percepción Alterna, Galería Alianza Francesa, Guatemala, 2019

Conexiones Universales, Galería Punto Cero, Guatemala 2018

Retrospectiva, Galería 77, Guatemala 2018

Visual Aesthetics, MBC, Guatemala 2018

Dualidad Intrínseca, Galería 77, Guatemala 2017

Recorrido, Galería Punto Cero, Guatemala 2017

Diálogo Urbano, Galería Fundación G&T Continental- Guatemala, 2016

Duo Exhibitions:  

Abstracciones, con artista SOFT, Casa Municipal, Guatemala 2016

Altos Contrastes, con artista Sandra Ariz, Yantra Studios – Guatemala, 2014

International Art Fairs

 

Market Art + Design, Hamptons, USA 2018

Art Santa Fe - Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2018.

Art expo New York, NYC, USA 2018

Art Las Vegas, Las Vegas, USA 2018

Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, USA 2017

Art San Diego, San Diego USA 2017

Gruop Exhibitions (post 2014 *exhibitions prior to 2014 under request.)

Festival 14, Guatemala, 2020

Florence Biennale of contemporary art, Guest Artist, Italy 2019

Juannio Auction, Archeology Museum, Guatemala, 2019

Arte en mayo, Fundación Rozas Botrán, Guatemala, 2019

Ecléctica, Fundación Rozas-Botrán. Guatemala 2019

11+, Ixchel Museum, Guatemala 2018

Julio bohemio, Ixchel Museum, Guatemala 2018

Arte en mayo, Fundacion Rozas-Botran, Guatemala 2018

Reflejos, West Palm Beach, USA 2017

Contemporaneo – La galería, Guatemala, 2017

Arte en Mayo, Fundación Rozas Botrán, Guatemala 2017

Pop Art, Galería 77, Guatemala 2017

Stencil Art Prize – Sydney, Australia 2016

FilmStudios, Miami, Florida, USA, 2016

Colectiva Junkabal, - Guatemala, 2016

Arte en mayo, Galería Fundación Rozas Botrán, Guatemala 2016

Distrito Cultural Zona Viva- Guatemala, 2016

Colectiva Junkabal, - Guatemala, 2015

BIB Biennale WTC Suffolk University, Boston. 2015

Te Amo Te Odio, Galería Casa Municipal, Guatemala,2015

Distrito Cultural Zona Viva- Guatemala, 2015

Arte en mayo, National Museum of Modern Art- Guatemala, 2015

Desvío, Galería Viva – Galería Fundación Rozas-Botrán, Guatemala, 2014

ART AUCTION, Un Caballo de Batalla – Fundación Rozas-Botrán, Guatemala, 2014

Antología – Galería Fundación Rozas-Botrán – Guatemala, 2014

Arte en mayo, National Museum of Modern Art- Guatemala, 2014

Distrito Cultural Zona Viva – Guatemala, 2014

Selected commissioned work:

Mural 50 mts, Ministerio de Finanzas, Municipalidad de Guatemala y Fundación GyT Continental, Guatemala, 2019

Neo mural – Fundación Rozas Botran, 2019

AVIA – Structure intervention, Guatemala, 2019

Edficio Murano Center, Guatemala, Mural, 2018

Edificio Murano Center Guatemala, Mural, 2017

Centempo Investments, Miami, United States, Mural en edificio, 2016

Guatemala City, Interbanco, Intervention on metal sculptures, 2016

Intervention on public structure, Guatemala Capital Iberoamericana de la cultura, 2015

Ciudad de Guatemala, Mural for Edificio Topacio Azul, 2014

 

 

Publications on books and catalogues:

2019, Arte en mayo 2019, Fundación Rozas-Botrán

2018, Arte en mayo 2018, Fundación Rozas-Botrán

2017, Mod Cardenas: Dualidad intrinseca, Galeria 77
2017, Arte en Mayo 2017, Fundación Rozas-Botrán
2016, Guatemala: Memory and timeless avant-garde, Luciano Benetton, ISBN 9788899657130
2016, Arte en Mayo 2016, Fundación Rozas-Botrán
2015, Entre Siglos: Arte contemporáneo de Centro América y Panamá, Fundación Rozas-Botran, ISBN 9789929406865
2015, Arte en Mayo 2015, Fundación Rozas-Botrán
2014, Arte en Mayo 2014, Fundación Rozas-Botrán
2013, Un caballo de batalla, Subasta de arte, Fundación Rozas-Botrán

Contact:

 

www.modcardenas.com

mod77art@gmail.com