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 to highlighting and critically understanding man-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 “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’s 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 American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora (Miami).