Solo show, unraveling certainties at From out of the Blue Studio Gallery opens 18 July 2024 from 1-3pm. Exhibition runs 18 July - 26 August 2024.

Exhibitions - Solo

detours and daydreams - RM Gallery, Auckland, October - November 2023

soft ware - Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland, March - April 2021

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

Exhibitions - Group

Tracing Intricacies at Webb's Wellington, with Kate van der Drift, Connah Podmore and Helen Reynolds, curated by Virginia Woods-Jack. March - April 2024

Suburbia, Iteration 22 with the mothermother collective, Northart, Auckland, April - June 2023

The Table, Iteration 20 with mothermother, Aotearoa Art Fair, Auckland, March 2023

A Beautiful Collision, Zenith Interiors, Auckland, November 2022

Witness, Sustainable Coastlines, Auckland, November 2022

Selected, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland, March - April 2022

Iteration 14, lockdown special, MotherMother, Auckland, March 2022

Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud, From out of the Blue Studio Gallery, Opunake, Taranaki, January - February 2022

1924 with Sosefina Andy, Ruby Joy Eade, Daphne Espiritu and Erica van Zon, curated by Madeleine Gifford, Corban Estate, Auckland, October - December 2021

Daisy Chain, curated by Sophie Ballantyne, The Den Project Space, Christchurch, June 2021

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, Reviews and Interviews

'A Beautiful Collision', by Jessica Agoston Cleary, November 2022

Interview on 95BFM's Artbank show with Theo Macdonald (interview starts at 1:06:15), April 2021

'Doing – Undoing – Making-Do: Meditations on Impermanence.', by Julia Teale, February 2021

'The Scheme of Things', by Helen Schamroth for NZ House & Garden, April 2021

'Exhibition Review: Karen Rubado, under intense scrutiny', written by Linda Tyler for CONTEXT, Issue 40, Winter 2020

'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


The Aroha Art Project in collaboration with Te Tuhi and organised by the Aotearoa Art Fair, Aotea Square, Auckland, 2021

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


From Out of the Blue Studio Gallery, 2022
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