Alvaro Urbano’s practice embraces a variety of media, from performance to spatial installations that unfold throughout an experimental process. Often using as points of departure architecture, fiction, theatre and heterotopia, his often site-specific installations consider the space and its local inhabitants as possible actors or co-authors of a narration. His work invites dialogue between entities in newly conceived environments – conflicts between reality and fiction that redefine and render time-space situations.
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, France.
Recent exhibitions and projects have been shown at La Casa Encendida, Madrid; 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, Germany, among others.
Alvaro Urbano and Petrit Halilaj have presented their collaborative work at Autostrada Biennale at the National Library, Prishtina, Kosovo; the 17th Quadriennale di Roma, Italy the Biennale Gherdëina, in Ortisei, Italy and S.A.L.T.S., Basel, Switzerland.
Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, curated by José Esparza Chong Cuy and opening October 2021.
His work is part of Collection Lafayette Anticipations – Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin and Colección Jumex, Mexico City.
Alvaro Urbano lives and works in Berlin.