Álvaro Urbano’s practice embraces a variety of media, from performance to spatial installations, which unfold throughout an experimental process. Often using architecture, ﬁction, theatre and heterotopia as points of departure, his mainly site-speciﬁc installations consider the space and its local inhabitants as possible actors or co-authors of a narrative.
He studied Interior Architecture at the ETSAM in Madrid and Fine Arts at the Institut für Raumexperimente, Universität der Künste in Berlin. In 2014, Urbano received the Villa Romana Fellowship. He attended The Artists and Architects-in-Residence at MAK, Los Angeles, 2016/2017. He is currently a professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.
At the moment, he is presenting a site-speciﬁc installation and performance, Lunar Ensemble for Uprising Seas, with Petrit Halilaj at Ocean Space in Venice, with the support of TBA21 and Audemars & Piguet. His work is also part of a group show at Collegium, Arévalo, Spain, curated by Chus Martínez. Upcoming projects include a solo show at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes in Spain, a solo show at SculptureCenter in NYC, and another solo at MUSAC, León, Spain.
He has recently presented his solo show GRANADA GRANADA divided in two parts distributed between Travesía Cuatro spaces in Guadalajara and Mexico City. He has also presented exhibitions and projects at Bergen Assembly, Norway; Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, US; La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; Art Basel Statements, Switzerland, with ChertLüdde; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany; CAB, Brussels, Belgium; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia; PAC, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, among others.
Álvaro Urbano and Petrit Halilaj have presented their collaborative work at Bally Foundation, Lugano, Switzerland; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany; Palacio de Cristal, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Autostrada Biennale at the National Library, Prishtina, Kosovo; the 17th Quadriennale di Roma, the Biennale Gherdëina, in Ortisei, Italy and S.A.L.T.S., Basel, Switzerland.
Urbano’s work is part of Collection Lafayette Anticipations – Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, TEA Tenerife, Spain, Colección Museo Jumex, Mexico City, and Fonds régional d’art contemporain Bretagne, Rennes, France.
Álvaro Urbano lives and works between Berlin and Paris.