*Leyla Cárdenas


Leyla Cárdenas was born in 1975 in Bogotá, Colombia where she still lives and works.

She received her MFA in sculpture from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Cárdenas installation, sculpture, mixed-media work delves into urban ruins and cities landscapes as indications of social transformation, loss and historical memory. Remains, fragments, discarded structures, are used as material for her work, with a sculptural strategy that is as much destructive as constructive.

Recent projects include: Cuenca Bienal in Ecuador: Estructuras Vivientes in 2018. In 2017 her work Excision was part of the exhibition Home-So different, So appealing; shown at LACMA as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA del Getty and at Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH). As well in 2017 she participated in the California Pacific Trienal -Building as Ever- at OCMA (Orange County Museum of Art).

Her work has been shown at Palais de Tokyo-Paris, Galería Max Estrella-Madrid, Casas Riegner Gallery-Bogotá, Galería Dix-9 Paris, CAM-Raleigh, Institute of Contemporary Art-SanJose (SJICA), LACMA (Los Angeles), Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), Marres and Bureau Europa (Maastricht-NL), NC Arte-Bogotá, Galería Josée Bienvenu-NY, Museo de Arte Moderno-Medellín, Maison de l ́Amérique Latine-Paris, Apexart-New York, Banco de la República Bogotá, Museo La Tertulia-Cali. In addition she has had solo shows in Bogotá, Miami, Madrid, San Jose and Los Angeles(CA).

Recent awards and commissions include: CIFO Grant recipient 2019, Winner Oma Award 2016 (Artbo), NEARCH-Art and Archeology “The Materiality of the Invisible” residency at the Jan Van Eyck Academie -Maastricht, 2015-17. Winner of the 2012 Biennial Award of Bogotá, selected for LARA (Latin American Roaming Art) a project of Asiaciti Trust 2012. She was selected to participate in a workshop with Mona Hatoum at Fundación Marcelo Botin-Spain 2010, and also she was an Associate Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) in 2007. Winner of the Grand Prize MOLAA Awards 2008-Museum of Latin American Art, CA.

Cárdenas work can be found in public and private collections in Colombia, South America , Europe and throughout the States.


Excision_ a project for Art Positions. Galería Casas Riegner
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TL Magazine:
BUY digital or printed issue

Sección Creación Revista dearq. Universidad de los Andes Número 23 y portada en la Edición #22- 2018

Home-So Different, So Appealing. Edited by Chon A. Noriega, Mari Carmen Ramírez, and Pilar Tompkins Rivas. [Excision (2012) on the cover of the catalog]. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - UCLA CSRC 2017.

Building as ever - II California Pacific Triennial. Curator Cassandra Coblentz. Orange County Museum of Art. CA-USA

Saber Desconocer. 43 Salón (inter)Nacional de Artistas. Medellín 2014
Arte-sur/ Collective Fictions, Andrew Bernardini. Le Magazine du Palais de Tokyo, Summer 2013.
Removido (2013) in Beatrice Ferrara ́s essay part of The Ruined Archive (edited by Iain Cham- bers, Giulia Grechi and Mark Nash). Milano: Politécnico di Milano DPA, 2013.

LARA (2012), authors Jose Roca, Alexia Tala, Asiaciti Trust
La cooperativa,
Catálogo de beca de investigación curatorial para los Salones Regionales de Artistas (zona centro), Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia (Colectivo La Cooperativa)
 VOYAGE l VOYAGE (2012) un art contemporain déboussole, Albertine de Galbert, Carolina Ariza. Maison de l’Amérique latine, Paris

work used in other publications:

Excision (2012) on the cover of the catalog Home-So Different, So Appealing. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and MFAH, 2017.
Withholding (2006) on the cover of: The Imagined Globalization by Nestor Garcia Canclini. Duke University Press, 2014.
The Anomie of the Earth: Philosophy, Politics, and Autonomy in Europe and the Americas, 2015.
Arte-sur/ Collective Fictions, Andrew Bernardini. Le Magazine du Palais de Tokyo, Summer 2013.