Macarena Ruiz-Tagle

Atmosphere series, 2014, 56 x 73 cm acrylic on watercolour paper

Perfectly painted on paper, thereby resembling colour field paintings. Each of the works is a different mix of pigments that plays with the viewers’ perception and mood. Atmosphere paintings are the result of an extensive physical movement training process of meticulously hand made accumulation of gradual degrees of saturation. When observed from close, there is a detailed pigmentation of the paper, and from a distance, the colour vibration appears to the eye in an effort to focus the wandering mesmerizing tinted-air surface, forming a subtle after image with blurry edges or what Macarena Ruiz Tagle refers to as atmospheres.

Fascinated by light as a material presence, which is a primordial element confined in the world revealing the surface and dimensions of space, Macarena Ruiz-Tagle’s work departs from the interest in the possibilities of the human eye, the physiological reactions and optical phenomena.

Interested in the interaction of light on different surfaces, Macarena Ruiz-Tagle works with the premise of assembling distilled and concentrated forms that instead of representing texture, space and light, her work presents these elements directly for the body to experiment.

Macarena Ruiz-Tagle (1981) was born in Chile, lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She obtained BFA at Universidad Católica, Santiago in Chile as well as MFA degree at Studio Arts during Sculpture Program at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. 2011-2013 she was a student of Olafur Eliasson at his Institut für Raumexperimente at Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany.



Parallel Vienna, Art Fair, Pony Project Gallery, Vienna, Austria.

Solo show, Galeria Patricia Ready, Santiago de Chile, October-November, 2015

The Others, Art Fair, Pony Project Gallery, Turin, Italy, November, 2015




Relation of Aspect, Pony Project Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

Estructuras de Trance, main hall Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, installation and dance performance, in collaboration with choreographer Fernanda González, Santiago, Chile.


Atmosphere Gallery, Galerie Erster Erster, Berlin, Germany

Arco, Galería Tajamar, Santiago, Chile




Poppositions, Off Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium

Reflection, KunstBüroBerlin, Berlin, Germany


Inventory: an incidental collection, Cecilia Brunson Projects, London, Great Britain

Festival of Future Nows, Institut für Raumexperiment and Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with David Chipperfield, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany


100° Festival, Hebbel am Uffer, Berlin, Germany


13th Architecture Venice Biennale, Un-Common Venice, Italy

15th Farbfest, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Germany. In collaboration with Leon Eixenberger.

The world is not fair, The Great Worlds Exhibition 2012

Labor and Hebbel am Uffer, Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin, Germany

Wo wir sind, installation and dance performance, Uferstudios, Berlin, Germany

Choreography by Johanne Timm.

Glasauge, Bunker of Tobias Rehberger and Olafur Eliasson, Berlin, Germany


Institut für Raumexperimente, Goethe Institut, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Collision 7, Parisian Laundry Gallery, Montreal, Canada


The Hive, Espace Artefacto, Montreal, Canada


Time Off, Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal, Canada


BAC! 08 Réveille-toi Centre de Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain


Máquina Blanda, Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile


Periférica, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Body, Image and the Other, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile


Umbrales, Sala Blanca UC, BFA final exam selection, Santiago, Chile




Triangular Project, Artist in Residence, Casa Poli, Coliumo, Tomé, Chile April 2015. In collaboration with Sandra Volny and Florine Leoni


Fondart, project grant, Minister of Culture, Government of Chile, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.


13th Architecture Venice Biennale, Italy. Un-common Venice contest, Selection project “Cianometer Postcard”, Case Studio Gunther Vogt, Zurich.


DAAD Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service. Institut für Raumexperimente, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany.


Academic Excellence and International Tuition Fee Remission Scholarship,

Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada



Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York, USA

Godula Buchholz Collection, Denklingen, Germany

Omi International Art Center Collection, New York, USA

Rotary Club Albertina Vienna  Vienna, Austria

Mongolian Embassy in Berlin Berlin, Germany

Private Collections



10. 2014 TYT [Take Your Time], Vol. 6, Institut für Raumexperimente 2009–2014: How to Make the Best Art School in the World, Paperback, 288 pages.

09.2013 Ch.ACO 2013 Feria de Arte Contemporáneo, Mutt Art Dealers, Santiago, Chile.

02.2013 Translation Acts,Institut für Raumexperimente, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany.

11.2012 13th Architecture Venice Biennale, Common Ground Catalogue, Publisher Marsilio.

07.2012 Rundgang 2012, UdK Berlin, Germany.

02.2012 Spontaneous Engagements-Works, Institut für Raumexperimente, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany.

12.2011 MFA Studio Arts Brochure, Concordia University Publications, Montreal, Canada.

12.2008 BAC 08. Reveille Toi!, Catalogue, La Santa Editions, Barcelona, Spain.

11.2007 PerfoPuerto 2002-2007, Arte de Performance en Chile, Catalogue, Alexander del Re, PerfoPuerto editions, Santiago, Chile.

11.2005 Cuadernos de Arte UC, Escuela de Arte Universidad Católica, número 11, Umbrales Exhibition 2003, 2004 y 2005. Publicaciones Periódicas UC, Santiago, Chile.



01.2015 Revista Arte al Limite, Atmosphere Series in Zona Maco Art Fair, Ciudad de Mexico, 4-8 February 2015.

20.01.2015 Intervención artística invita a bailar a los visitantes del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, El Mostrador, Cultura+Ciudad, by Marietta Santi.

16.01.2015 Artistas inunda de color y danza el Museo de Bellas Artes, Sociedad Cultura, La Tercera, page 55, by Denisse Espinoza.

15.01.2015 La danza y las artes plásticas se unen en el Museo de Bellas Artes, Cultura, El Mercurio, page A8, by Daniela Mahana.

07.01.2015 Article Danza en el Hall MNBA, exhibition Estructuras de Trance, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.

05.2014 The Jealous Curator, article about the Atmosphere Series.

01.2014 Artishock Magazine, Macarena Ruiz-Tagle: Atmosphere Gallery, Santiago, Chile.

10.2012 Revista Casas, Diseño Chileno: Postal de Cianometro, Santiago, Chile.

01.2008 Máquina Blanda 2, Revista Arte y Crítica, Text by Pedro Pablo Bustos about the exhibition Máquina Blanda at Museo de Artes Visuales MAVI, Santiago, Chile.