American artist Tauba Auerbach made her Royal Ballet debut in the 2013/14 Season creating set and costume designs for Wayne McGregor’s Tetractys.
Auerbach was born in California in 1981. In 2003 she graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Stanford University. She trained as a traditional sign painter in San Francisco and aged 23 presented her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. In 2011 she was awarded an Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, where she studied tetrachromacy (the rare phenomenon in some women of having four types of retinal colour receptor, rather than the usual three). Her work is held in the collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Pompidou Centre, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Moderna Museet.
Auerbach produces work in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, weaving, photography, book-making and instrument design. She has created a number of fonts and has collaborated with Microsoft researcher Byron Cook to create a series of new mathematical symbols.