Ruth Buchanan graduated from Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts in 2002 and gained her MA (Fine Art) from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: Put a curve, an arch, right through it, Krome Gallery, Berlin (2012); Furniture, Plan, Rival Brain, Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland (2011); Eigenwillige Zeiechensetzung, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (2011); Lying Freely, Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht (2010); and Several Attentions – Lying Freely Part III, The Showroom, London (2009). Recent performances include: A Wayward Punctuation, Liste 16, Basel (2011); The weather, a building, Tate Modern, London (2011).
In 2012 Buchanan made a solo presentation at Liste, Basel, and was included in several group exhibitions: Expanded Performance, Stroom, the Hague; Diagrams, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefelder; Beyond Words, GAK, Bremen; Tumulus, MOTINTERNATIONAL, Brussels; and A wavy line is drawn across the middle of the original plans, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne. In 2013 Buchanan was artist-in-residence at McCahon House, Titirangi; included in a group exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Loosely Speaking, 22.03.13 – 26.04.13; and Version Control at Arnolfini, Bristol. She will also make a solo exhibition at GAK, Bremen.