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.
Alvaro Urbano (1983, Madrid, Spain) lives and works in Berlin. He studied Architecture at the ETSAM in Madrid and completed his studies at the Institut für Raumexperimente (Professor Olafur Eliasson), 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.
His works have been exhibited at the 17th Quadriennale di Roma, Italy (with Petrit Halilaj); Biennale Gherdëina, Ortisei, Italy (with Petrit Halilaj); 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; S.A.L.T.S., Basel, Switzerland; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany, among others.
Upcoming projects include Autostrada Biennale (with Petrit Halilaj, curated by Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu and Joanna Warsza at the National Library, Prishtina, Kosovo from 1st July until 11th September 2021 and a solo exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC, opening in August 2021, curated by José Esparza Chong Cuy.