Born in Colombia, Maria Fernanda has lived and worked in Sydney since 1998.
Maria Fernanda Cardoso received a MFA in Sculpture from the prestigious Yale University, USA in 1990 and a B.A from the Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia in 1985.
In 1995 she was catapulted to worldwide fame with her project, the Cardoso Flea Circus when it was premiered at the San Francisco Exploratorium, an art and science institution in California. Her introduction to Australia was at the Sydney Festival, when she presented the Cardoso Flea Circus at the Sydney Opera House for a sold out season in 2000. The same year, The Museum of Modern Art in New York commissioned her to make a major installation of 136,000 plastic flowers for their millennium show, Modern Starts: People, Things, Places. In 2003 Maria Fernanda represented Colombia at the Venice Biennale, exhibiting a large installation of starfish titled Woven Water, which are now part of the collection of the National Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Most recently her work with Emu feathers has earned her two prizes, one for her Fashion and Mimesis exhibition at Rodman Hall, Canada, and another for the exhibition Dead or Alive at the MAD Museum of Art and Design in New York.
Over the last 25 years, she has exhibited in over 25 countries world wide in institutions as prestigious as NY Moma, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, PS1, New York, the San Francisco Exploratorium, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Fundacion La Caixa in Barcelona, the Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid. Selected collections include the Tate Gallery, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Miami Art Museum, BLLA Bogotá, Colombia; Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá Colombia; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; among many others. In Australia her works belong to the collections of Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the National Art Gallery, Canberra; Gold Coast Art Gallery; Tamworth Regional Art Gallery; and the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery. Maria Fernanda is also part of ARTNews top 100 private collections such as the Cisneros Collection, Caracas/New York, the Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, Miami/Madrid, The Bruce and Diane Halle Collection Arizona, the Leonora and Jimmy Belilty Collection, Caracas/Paris, as well as the Daros Collection, Zurich/Rio de Janeiro.