Edelweiss Cardenas is a Mexican-American emerging artist born in Colima, Mexico and raised in Chicago. In 2010, she received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where she was the recipient of the Presidential Merit Scholarship and participated in a special artist residency in Prague via SAIC. She has produced commissioned work for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and her work has been shown at the Marwen Berkowitz Gallery, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and Murphy Hill Gallery. In January of 2010, she had her first solo exhibition of paintings and drawings at the Living Room Gallery in Chicago. Soon after arriving in New York in the summer of 2010, she held a solo show of new paintings and drawings at Red Horse Cafe in Brooklyn. While in New York, she continued to create art while working at Cheryl Hazan Mosaics for two years and serving as an artist assistant to international artists in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program.
Edelweiss now lives and works in West Philadelphia and has most recently shown work in the Mother exhibition at Eye’s Gallery. Her current work is inspired by the idea of empathy. Her identity as a Mexican-American woman and the current political climate has led her to consider the impact anti-immigration and Mexican threat rhetoric is having on Philadelphia’s roughly 15,500 Mexican residents. By portraying first person reactions to this community’s struggles with immigration and transnationalism, she creates pieces that explore different ideas of identity, borders, and kinship to inspire wonder and social action.