Ernesto Oroza is an artist, designer, and author based in South Florida. A graduate of Havana’s Superior Institute of Design and later a professor in both Havana and Paris, his practice is geared toward highlighting and critically understanding human-object interactions and the role that collective engagements with material culture have in the making of community. He has authored several books on popular creativity as expressed in tool objects and the urban environment—what he theorizes as “technological disobedience” and the “architecture of necessity,” respectively. Oroza’s creative practice is grounded in community research, and he develops research methods as well as channels of dissemination that follow the vernacular practices and economic logics of his subject-objects. Oroza has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the HARPO Foundation, and received the Pernod Ricard Fellowship from the Villa Vassilieff, among others. His recent exhibitions and presentations include Museo Popular Concreto
at Fredric Snitzer Gallery (Miami), The Transparent Object
at Mmuseumm (New York City), Signos 36
at #00Bienal de La Habana (Cuba) and Efficiency (after Papanek)
at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora (Miami).