Agustin Cárdenas was a renowned Cuban sculptor born in 1927 in Matanzas and died in Havana in 2001. The artist’s work reflects both his adherence to Surrealism and his Afro-Cuban heritage.

Cárdenas was interested in depicting the human form and relationships and is well-known for his “totem” sculptures. He worked with a variety of materials, including wood, bronze, granite and marble. The Cuban sculptor was one of the first artists to create site-specific pieces, creating works from the minerals and materials native to the area where they were created.

Known as one of the last Surrealist artists, Cárdenas was once described by André Breton as having an artistic touch that was “as nimble as a dragonfly.”

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