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.