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Mod Cárdenas (born Guatemala 1982) is a contemporary visual artist and pioneer of Guatemalan street art.


Alongside his art, Cardenas pursued a career in Clinical Psychology, that has informed his approach to art from a research and observational base.


Cardenas has exhibited extensively around the world with 14 solo exhibitions and several group shows, in addition to his murals and public art installations locally and abroad. His work has received numerous honors including the Highly Commended Award from SAP in Australia, Honorific Mention by Fundación Rozas Botrán in Guatemala, and a finalist position at GAA in Dubai. He was also recognized by the Finance Minister of Guatemala for his contribution to Guatemalan culture and by the Congress of the Guatemalan Republic for his impactful contributions and elevation of the art and culture produced in their country. His work is included in collections such as the Guatemalan National Congress Collection, the Luciano Benetton Collection in Italy, and the Fundación Rozas-Botrán Museum in Guatemala.

Artist Statement

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My work is an exercise in critical positioning, putting forth ideas that challenge the political and cultural space aimed at the production of meaning.


Through visual production, I explore sensitive readings influenced by urban art and punk culture. I articulate concerns born from observation, experience, and development within the mixed environment. From there, I examine the contradictions and points of cultural, ideological, and experiential communion, scrutinizing inherited paradigm structures.


As a psychologist, I delve into the complexity of building a sense of belonging, contrasting the symbolic burden of local correspondence in a conflicting dialogue with structures of peripheral social systems. I question power relations, trying to respond to my own doubts that resonate with collective discomfort.


I employ various resources typical of contemporary art such as installation, and traditional languages like sculpture and painting from an integrative perspective between the artisanal and technology.


Solo exhibitions:

Pintura y escultura, Galería 77, Galería 77, Guatemala, 2022

Narrativa visual, La Galería, Fundación Rozas-Botrán, Guatemala, 2021

Expresiones alternas, Galería Panza Verde, Antigua Guatemala, 2021

Muestra Personal, Sala del Artista, Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua Guatemala, 2021

Muestra Personal, galería Quarentena, Chile, 2020 (Online)

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:

Blue, c/ Franz Betz (GER), Galeria 77, Guatemala 2023

Abstracciones, con artista SOFT, Casa Municipal, Guatemala 2016

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




Florence Biennale, Artista Invitado, Italia 2019


Art fairs

Art Palm Beach, USA, 2022

Art Miami, Context, USA, 2021

Pinta, Miami, USA, 2020

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


Group exhibitions  (post 2014 *for earlier exhibitions please inquire)


Guest artist, Centro cultural, Taipei, Taiwan 2022


Juannio Subasta de fin de año, MUNAM, Guatemala, 2021

Museo UNIS, Ventanas del tiempo, Guatemala, 2021

Juannio Subasta de fin de año, MUNAM, Guatemala, 2021

Juannio Subasta, Guatemala, 2021

Arte en mayo, Fundación Rozas-Botrán, Guatemala, 2021

Juannio Subasta, Guatemala, 2020

Arte en mayo, Fundación Rozas Botrán, Guatemala, 2020

Festival 14, Guatemala, 2020

Juannio Subasta, Museo Arqueología, Guatemala, 2019

Arte en mayo, Fundación Rozas Botrán, Guatemala, 2019

Ecléctica, Fundación Rozas-Botrán. Guatemala 2019

11+, Museo Ixchel, Guatemala 2018

Julio bohemio, Museo Ixchel, 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, Galeria Fundacion Rozas Botran, 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, Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno- 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, Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno- Guatemala, 2014

Distrito Cultural Zona Viva – Guatemala, 2014



Selected commisions:

Mural, Streets levels Gallery, Florencia, Italia, 2019

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

Neo mural – Fundación Rozas Botran, 2019

AVIA – Intervención de estructuras, Guatemala, 2019

Intervención de ventanal en Aeropuesto Internacional La Aurora, ciudad de Guatemala. 2018

Edficio Murano Center, Guatemala, Mural, 2018

Edificio Murano Center Guatemala, Mural, 2017

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

Ciudad de Guatemala, Interbanco, Intervención sobre esculturas de metal, 2016

Intervención sobre estructura pública, Guatemala Capital Iberoamericana de la cultura, 2015

Ciudad de Guatemala, Mural para Edificio Topacio Azul, 2014



Printed publications and printed art catalogs

2021, Ventanas en el tiempo. Art from Central America, UNIS MUSEUM

2019, Florence Biennale, ISBN 9788849858921

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

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