Mid-Career Artist Award


Wb Richard Garet

Magdalena Atria was born in 1966 in Santiago, Chile, where she currently lives and works. She has a BFA from Universidad Católica de Chile and an MFA from Parsons School of Design (New York).


She has been the recipient of several grants, among them a Fulbright Scholarship and a Chilean National Fund for Arts and Culture Grant.


"My work addresses, from a variety of media and materials, the conflict between individual desires and collective structures. From visual and material situations that I draw from the social context, I build paintings, installations and objects that speak to us of the multiplicity of ways in which the dimensions of the ideal and the real intertwine in art and in life.


Some constants in my work are the tension between the rational and the emotional, the personal and the collective, the existential and the banal, the formal and the symbolic; notions that I explore with a particular emphasis on the materials and processes used, those that belong to specific uses and traditions and carry meanings and associations related to those origins.” – Magdalena Atria.


Her work has been shown in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA (MOCA); The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas; the VI Mercosur Biennial (Brazil), the XI Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador); Chateau de Tours (France); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Chile); Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (Chile); among others.


Photo courtesy of the artist. 


A Look Inside:


Santiago, Chile, July 22, 1966. Lives and Works in Santiago, Chile.



Licenciatura en Arte, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago (1990); Master of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, New York, USA (1997).



Award, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Premio a la Creación Artística UC, Santiago, Chile (2015); Grant, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y de las Artes-Chile, Fondo para el Desarrollo de las Artes FONDART, Santiago, Chile (2015, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2002); Grant, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Fondo de Creación y Cultura Artística, Santiago, Chile (2013, 2011); Grant, Fundación Andes, Artistic Creation Support Grant, Santiago, Chile (2005); Grant, Fulbright Comission for Educational Exchange, Graduate studies in the US, Santiago, Chile (1995); Grant, Ministry of Development (MIDEPLAN), Presidente de la República Grant, Santiago, Chile (1995). 


Selected Exhibitions



“Solo booth”, Untitled Art Fair. Miami, USA (2015); “Etidorhpa”, Galería Tajamar. Santiago, Chile (2015); “Materialismo”, Espacio Hache. Santiago, Chile (2014); “La Montaña Movediza”, Galería XS. Santiago, Chile (2013); “Cenotes”, Abierto x Obras. Matadero Madrid, Madrid, España (3013).




“Lo que ha dejado huellas: colección GGM”, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo. Cerrillos, Santiago, Chile (2017); “Distrito 11”, LOCAL Arte Contemporáneo. Santiago, Chile (2017); “Swing”, Sala En Tránsito. Santiago, Chile (2017); “Problemas de la vida familiar y sus soluciones”, Museo de Artes Decorativas. Santiago, Chile (2016); “Mestizo”, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Las Condes. Santiago., Chile (2016); “El fondo del lago”, LOCAL Arte Contemporáneo. Santiago, Chile (2016); “Nosotras. De las sin razón venidas”, MAVI. Santiago, Chile (2015). “Multifarious Abstraction”, Galería Fabien Castanier. Los Angeles, USA (2015); “Grado Cero, 10 años de Arte contemporáneo Chileno”, CA660. Santiago, Chile (2015); “Miradas a Valparaiso”, Fac. Arquitectura y Diseño, Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago, Chile (2015); “Ocupaciones Raras”, Galería Gabriela Mistral. Santiago, Chile (2014); “Salón de Otoño”, Galería XS. Santiago, Chile (2014); “Condorazos”, Espacio G. Valparaíso,Chile (2014); “Geografías”, Sala de Arte CCU. Santiago, Chile (2014).