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 receipient of several grants, among tham a Fulbright Scholarship and a chilean National Fund for Arts and Culture Grant. 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. Recent solo exhibitions include: La Montaña Movediza, Galería XS, Santiago (2014); Cenotes, Matadero Madrid, Spain (2013); Love and Space, MAVI, Santiago (2013); Platonic Solids, YONO, Santiago (2011); Monstrous Moonshine, Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery (2010).
Atria’s work connects with the modernist tradition of geometric abstraction, but with the express intent to relate it to specific visual situations encountered in the world. Rather than searching for the absolute, for a disembodied realm of pure relations and correspondences, Atria’s interest focuses not on the possibility of approaching that goal but rather on its impossibility. The images,objects and materials she uses either already have or actually acquire in her work this double condition of actuality and ideality, and they manifest the tension which keeps us permanently bound to the former and striving for the latter.