Santiago Cárdenas

Born 1937, Bogotá, Columbia


1960   Obtains a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.

1964   After his military service, Cárdenas enrolls in Yale University where he obtains a MFA in painting.

1965   Returns to Colombia where he begins his active career as Professor at the National University of Colombia.   

1972-74   Directs the School of Bellas Artes at the National University. 

1973   Participates in the International Biennial of Medellín, where he wins first prize of painting.

1982   Invited to the Center for Inter-American Relations in New York to discuss his works.

1983   Invited to the Rhode Island Art Museum to present a conference about his works. Named “Distinguished Visiting Professor” of Miami Community College.

1987   Bellas Artes of Madrid invites him to direct an advanced workshop on painting.  By this time, his works become recognizable and celebrated throughout Columbia, South America, Europe and the United States.

1990   Represents Columbia in the Venice Biennale in 1990.

1992   Participates in the Columbian Art Expo in Seville.

1993   Becomes Professor Emeritus at the National University of Columbia.