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Agustín Cárdenas

Matanzas, Cuba 1927 - 2001


Agustín Cárdenas (b.1927– 2001,Cuba) is the most internationally renowned Cuban sculptor in addition to being one of the last artists to join the Surrealist movement.

Cárdenas is generally considered the precursor of abstract art in sculpture, with his revolutionary large-scale sculptures created from minerals native to the site. He was thus one of the earliest creators of “site-specific” pieces, an extension of his organic movement.

Today his works can be seen in public collections around the world, including Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Museo d’Arte moderna, Roma; Musée Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo National, Cuba; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal; Canada; Modern Art Museum, Tel Aviv; The Hakone open-air Museum, Hakone, Japan; The Utsukushi-ga-hara open air Museum, Ueda City, Japan, and many more.

Art photo courtesy of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba
Profile photo by Agustín Cárdenas, courtesy of Magnum Photos