Video Artist, Performance Art, Drawing, Painting, Collage

Miguel Angel Cardenas

(1934 – 2015, El Espinal, Colombia)


Miguel-Ángel Cárdenas (October 3, 1934 – June 2, 2015), was a Colombian-Dutch, New Realism and Pop Art painter and a pioneer of video art in the Netherlands. His works cover a variety of artistic media, including painting, drawing, video, photography, object assemblages and digital art.
In 1962 he moved to the Netherlands and has been living there until his death in 2015.

Shortly after his arrival in the Netherlands, Cárdenas got a solo exhibition in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, and participated in the great exhibition “Pop Art and New Realism” (1964 -1965; The Hague, Brussels, Vienna, Berlin) that also featured works by Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg.

Cárdenas was one of the ten artists invited by then Crown Princess, HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for a series of cultural soirees at the Drakesteijn Castle in 1969. His performance was called “Symphony for seven waiters”, and it also included Prince Claus and other artists.
Between 1963 and 1978 he was awarded several scholarships from the Ministry of Culture of the Netherlands, including a travel grant to travel to the US and Canada.

Cárdenas started working with video as an artistic medium in 1970. Two years later, teaming up with Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Pieter Laurens Mol, and Ulises Carrión, he founds the ‘In-Out Center’-First Credit Union of Artists in the Netherlands, the first Dutch artists’ cooperative with its own gallery situated on Reguliersgracht in Amsterdam. The cross-border events held here were an important impetus for the development of body art, performance and new art forms in the Netherlands. Wies Smals was inspired by this center to initiate De Appel in 1975.

In 1986, Cárdenas decided to return to his original form of art: painting.
Throughout the ’70s and the ’80s, Cárdenas lectured at various Dutch art schools, including the Rietveld Academy, AKI, and the Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Arnhem.

Education and residencies

1961 | Scholarship at Barcelona School of Graphic Arts

1953 – 1957 | Architecture at National University of Colombia, Bogota


2004 | Orde of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

1990 | Third prize at First Triennial of Painting in Osaka, Japan


1997 | Solo at Andrea Rosen in New York, USA

1989 | ‘Snapshot No.5’ at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands

1964 – 1965 | ‘Pop Art and New Realism’ at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands

  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • Banco de la República Bogota, Colombia
  • Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen Rotterdam
  • Gemeente Museum Den Haag
  • Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden
  • Amro Bank Collection
  • Hara Museum Tokyo, Japan
  • Bonefanten Museum Maastricht

2017 |