Cardi Toellner grew up in the Milwaukee area, lived in LA, the Bay Area,NYC, then made a full circle and returned to Milwaukee.
After majoring in Fine Art at University of Wisconsin-Milwaulee, she worked for a number of years as an artist at WTMJ-TV and WMVS-TV. Years later, Cardi found that her love of art and science could be combined so she returned to school at California State University-Long Beach to study Scientific Illustration with Peter Mendez. While there, she studied drawing with the amazing John Lincoln. Back in Milwaukee, Cardi studied Experimental Photography with Steve Sellars at Cardinal Stritch University and that is when she began doing a lot of experimentation, changed direction and began using the camera as the basis of her work.
Cardi has shown her work for years, won awards and was in the VP Photography Gallery from 2007 until it closed. In addition, she is in many collections around the US and in in a number of corporate collections such as Northwestern Mutual, the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, and Marcus Hotel-Resorts.
The artists who have influenced her the most are Leonardo da Vinci, Jim Dine, Mondrian's flowers, Gustav Klimt and Wayne Thiebaud as they have touched her love of science, drawing, color and uniqueness.