Exhibitions - Solo

under intense scrutiny - Te Tuhi Wall Project, Te Tuhi, Auckland, 7 December 2019 - 15 March 2020

Exhibitions - Group

The 28th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2019, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, December 2019 - January 2020

The 28th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2019, Pah Homestead, Auckland, September - November 2019

such a lightweight with Vivienne Worn and Krystina Kaza at play_station, Wellington, March 2019

Weaving Structural Improvisation at the Elam Graduate Show, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, November 2018

Art Ache, Lot23, 23 Minnie Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland, July 2018

Projects, Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, May 2018 (photo documentation by ArtsDiary)

Mix Tape, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland 2018

Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Award Exhibition, Whakatane Exhibition Centre, Whakatane 2018

Place / Making at the Elam Graduate Show, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland 2017

see the object as in itself it really is, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland 2017

Henrietta and Lola Anne Tunbridge Scholarship Exhibition, Elam Projectspace Gallery, Auckland, 2017

Trust Us Contemporary Art Telethon, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, 2017

Black Asterisk Sculpture Trail, Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland, 2015

AD15, AUT Graduation Exhibition, Auckland, 2015

always the same but a little different, St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, 2015

Press and Interviews

“Karen Rubado’s Giant ‘Drawn’ Scarf”, written by John Hurrell at EyeContact, January 2020

“Deadline Looms”, Art News New Zealand, Summer 2018

“Ready, Steady, Learn with Karen Rubado”, 95BFM, November 2018

“Artist Profile: Karen Rubado”, written by Anusha Bhana for Art Ache, July 2018

“Projects 2018 at Auckland Art Fair”, May 2018

Exhibition Making

Land as Lover, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 2017

Published Works

"What Lies Beneath" in Walking the Ridge: Writings from the 2017 Adam Art Gallery Summer Intensive


Travelling Finalist: Wallace Art Awards, 2019

Finalist: Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Award, 2018

Finalist: Henrietta and Lola Anne Tunbridge Scholarship, 2017

University of Auckland Postgraduate Honours/PGDip Scholarship, 2017

Artist Alliance Mentoring Programme Recipient, 2016


RM 103 Summer Studio Residency, 2016


transition, from the TUCAT Collection, Gifted to the Chartwell Collection, 2017, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland


Masters of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, 2018

Adam Art Gallery Summer Intensive, Auckland and Wellington, 2016

Bachelor of Visual Arts, AUT University, Auckland, 2015

Associate of Arts in Multimedia and Web Design, Atlanta, Georgia, 2002