Maria Fernanda Cardoso
Maria Fernanda Cardoso is a leading Latin American and Australian artist who lives and works in Sydney. She graduated with an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University, USA in 1990. In 1995 she was catapulted to worldwide fame with the Cardoso Flea Circus when it was premiered at the San Francisco Exploratorium, an art and science institution in California. She has exhibited in over 25 countries world in institutions as prestigious as NY MoMA, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, PS1, New York, the San Francisco Exploratorium, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Fundacion La Caixa in Barcelona, the Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid. Last year her large scale project the Museum of Copulatory Organs was the highlight at the 18th Biennale of Sydney, attracting crowds of over a quarter million visitors and enormous media attention including a half our ABC Artscape documentary titled The Wonderful World of Professor Cardoso
Her introduction to Australia was at the Sydney Festival, when she presented the Cardoso Flea Circus at the Sydney Opera House for a sold-out season in 2000. The same year, the New York Museum of Modern Art commissioned her to make a major installation of Cemetery/ Vertical Garden which consisted of a 45 mt long wall sprouting 136,000 plastic flowers. This was part of MoMA’s millennium show, Modern Starts: People Things Places.
In 2004 she represented Colombia at the Venice Biennale, exhibiting a large installation of starfish titled Woven Water, which is now part of the collection of the National Art Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, where she had an extensive solo show titled Zoomorphia in 2003.
Recently her work with Emu feathers has earned her two prizes: one for her Fashion and Mimesis exhibition at Rodman Hall, Canada, and another for the exhibition Dead or Alive at the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
Selected collections include the Tate Gallery, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; the National Art Gallery of Australia, Canberra;.the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Miami Art Museum; BLLA Bogota, Colombia; Museum of Modern Art, Bogota Colombia; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; Gold Coast Art Gallery; Tamworth Regional Art Gallery; and the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery She is also collected by several ARTNews top100 private collections including the Cisneros Collection, Caracas/New York; the Ella Fontanal Cisneros Collection, Miami/Madrid; The Bruce and Diane Halle Collection Arizona; the Leonora and Jimmy Belilty Collection, Caracas/Paris; and the Daros Collection, Zurich/Rio de Janeiro.