Sculpture Eleanor Cardozo’s Global Footprints

Written by DEKYA
Modelling for the luxury Swiss watch brand Bedat & Co for whom I am an ambassador. Photo by Michel Rouèche.

From Abu Dhabi, Geneva to Miami this wonderful well-known artist Eleanor Cardozo really is bringing her amazing art all around the world for global enjoyment! Eleanor is not only creating sculptures for the likes of Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace Gardens & Gatwick Airport and even the V&A – Eleanor is catching amazing moments to be remembered forever through her emotive and impactful work.
So Member 25 of course needed to talk with this prominent artist and find out more, we wanted to know Eleanors beginnings, inspiration and future projects…and here is what she had to say about it all!

Have you always been interested in art from a young age?

-Yes, ever since I can remember. My grandmother was a Royal Academy portrait painter & art featured strongly in my family. I was encouraged  throughout my childhood to explore the arts & be creative.

How have you developed your artistic flare -and what advice would you give to you young artists out there?

-Moving from 2D drawing to 3D sculpture at the age of 16 determined the path I then followed, through sculpture school & the Florence Academy, but my love of the human form has inspired me the most to create beauty. The sculptures I produce today developed out of that passion & I would tell any young artist to follow their passion, to create what they love & to do what gives them pleasure, despite the trend of the day. And to create, create, create! I am an ambassador for Children & The Arts & one of my great joys is encouraging & enabling them to explore the arts & their own creativity. Picasso once said ‘All children are artists’ and it’s true, they have a great capacity for innovation & imagination. It’s very important that we nurture it!

Finished bronze seated nude. Photo by Cyril Torrent


How long does it take from start to finish to create your sculptures?

-I can usually finish sculpting a life-size full body in a couple of weeks if I work continuously, but the casting into bronze takes another 8-10 weeks so I always allow 3 months to complete a project of that size. I have made a short film showing all the stages of creating a bronze from start to finish. 16 weeks work compressed into 4 minutes! It’s in the sculpture archives of the V&A & you can see it on You Tube.

Carving the original 4 metre Gymnast for the 2012 Olympics

What is your greatest achievement in your career so far and why?

-Being asked to create the 4 metre Gymnast for Heathrow T5 to welcome visitors to the London Olympics in 2012. It was followed by another at Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace Gardens & Gatwick Airport. It was a great honour for me to have my collection of gymnasts displayed in such key locations across London. They were photographed by millions of people from all over the world & it is largely what I am recognised for today.

4 metre Poise at Nevill Holt Opera with the famous Fiddian-Green horse sculpture in the background


What projects are you work on currently, what does 2018 have in store for you?

-I am in the middle of sculpting a 6 foot man for a private collection in Europe, but I am also shipping a 4 metre sculpture to Abu Dhabi this month & visiting Miami in April for another client. I have an on-going exhibition of 12 sculptures at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva, so my work is very varied & there’s always a new project around the corner. I love my job!

And now for the random question, if you could create a sculpture to be placed anywhere in the world, what would that sculpture be and where? 

-Wow that’s a difficult one as the possibilities are limitless & I have so many ideas. In my sketch books I’ve designed a massive ‘Guardian Angel of the World’ which I would love to place high up on a hill overlooking a city, like the Christ Redeemer on Corcovado in Rio. Something that would touch people’s hearts & lift their spirits. I’m not sure which city though as I love so many of them!