This thing of not knowing my origin, where I come from, what I am, where I want to go… all this also drove me to leave. In Paris I discovered what a man is… what African culture is… what a black man is.
Cárdenas is considered one of the forerunners of modern abstract sculpture, on a par with Constantin Brancusi and Jean Arp. He belongs to the last group of the Surrealists, and together with them he holds many exhibitions.
The sensual lyricism of his sculptures, inherited from African myths and the primitivism of the origins, is mixed with animist rituals and gives his work a universal scope. Between zoomorphism and anthropomorphism, the masculine and the feminine, his work revolves around the notion of hybridity and brings together different notions through a unique aesthetic charged with sensuality.