Born on 1981 in Manila, Philippines; Mario Cardenas is a self-taught artist who loves painting, sketching, 2D and 3D design, and drawing. He started photography in late 2009 and immediately recognized it as an excellent medium for expressing his creativity. For Mario, photography is a vehicle for adventure; it permits him to meet people from all walks of life, visit remote places, and immerse himself in challenging and unfamiliar environments.
Currently, Mario works as an architect based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and practices his photography in his spare time. He enjoys competing in photography competitions and has received more than a hundred awards for his works in local and international arenas. He received numerous prestigious awards from different countries like: China, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Austria, United State of America, Australia, United Kingdom, Qatar, Egypt, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. He has also been featured on various local and international books and magazines.
He hopes that participation in such competitions and exhibitions will help his images reach farther, making his pieces accessible to a wider audience. Never to rest on his laurels, Mario is still striving to learn and hone the craft that he has grown to love.