Edgar Orlaineta
Biography

1972 Born in Mexico City, Mexico
Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico

Resumé
In his practice, Orlaineta focuses on hybrid sculptural forms that draw inspiration from modernism, popular culture, and specific historic moments. Orlaineta primarily explores post-war design and architecture that generally depicted biomorphic shapes owing to strong surrealist influence. In his original works Orlaineta questions the symbolic and economic value of industrial design objects, which began as mass produced products and later evolved into coveted collectors items, by either incorporating craft elements or combing them into assemblages with every day objects that lack any historical relevance. In his interventions and assemblages, Orlaineta seeks to open these design objects to new perspectives through denial of their functionality, historical or cult value in order to reactivate the legacy of the historical avant-garde.

Education
2004 Sculpture MFA, Pratt Institute, New York, USA
2002 Filmmaking Diploma, Academia de Cine Arte 7, Mexico City, Mexico
1999 Workshop by Maurizio Cattelan and Gabriel Orozco, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico
1998 Painting Degree, Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda”, Mexico City, Mexico

Solo Exhibition
2020
From the inside looking in, PROYECTOS MONCLOVA (online), Ciudad de México, México
Hacemos lo que sabemos antes de saber lo que hacemos, PROYECTOS MONCLOVA, Ciudad de México, México
2019
El poeta piensa en su poema, con Ivan Krassoievitch, Centro Roberto Garza, Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Autoluminiscente y Luminiscente, a project by Edgar Orlaineta and a collaboration by Andrea Villalón, Clásicos Mexicanos, Mexico City, Mexico
2018
Who Is Moving This Hand of Mine, curated by Emiliano Valdés, Proyectos ArtBo, Bogotá, Colombia
We Do Not Work Alone, PROXYCO Gallery, New York, USA
His nose is red (Assisted-craft), Federico Luger (FL GALLERY), Milan, Italy
2016
History is taking flight and passes forever, PROYECTOSMONCLOVA, Mexico City, Mexico
Muscheln und Schirme / Seashells and Umbrellas, KaBe Contemporary Gallery, Miami, USA
2015
Una colección de KATSINAS, Galería de Arte Contemporáneo de Xalapa, Xalapa, Mexico
Alfabeto ciego. Un logotipo eventual, FLORA ars+natura, Gabinete #14, Bogotá, Colombia
2014
With the eye in the hand/with the hand in the eye, after Alvin Lustig’s “Incantation”, Federico Luger (FL GALLERY), Milan, Italy
ZONA MACO Sur, Steve Turner Contemporary, Mexico City, Mexico
Totem y otros Interiores (Conspiración Doméstica), PIRWI, Mexico City, Mexico
Suspended, Steve Turner Contemporary, Milan Art Fair (MiArt), Milan, Italy
2013
La historia, ella misma y yo, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico
Bloom Projects: Edgar Orlaineta, Katsina Horizon, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCA), Santa Barbara, USA
Tótem “Después de Ettore Sottsass”, Boutique Emporio Armani, Zona MACO, Mexico City, Mexico
2011
Solar Nothing, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA
2010
Monochrome Set, Casa Estudio Luis Barragán, Mexico City, Mexico
La vida en rosa, azul y amarillo, Casa Estudio Luis Barragán, Mexico City, Mexico
Chance Encounters, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
2009
We are Ugly but We Have the Music, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
De todas las cosas que hemos hecho, El Clauselito, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Chance Encounters, Present Future, Artissima, Sara Meltzer Gallery, Turin, Italy
2008
Spirits, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, USA
2007
Ghosts, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
Introductions, with Felipe Barbosa, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, USA
2006
Dandy in the Underworld, Jet Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Historia paralela: La silla Ciudad Universitaria, Lado B, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA), Mexico City, Mexico
Cargo Cult, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York, USA
2005
The Idea of Work, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
Medios masivos, Celda Contemporánea, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, Mexico
Pink and Green Chair, El Mirador Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
2004
Estudio, Steuben East Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York, USA
2003
Cargo Cult, Cuchifritos + Project Space, New York, USA
2002
La belleza no es mía, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico

Group Exhibitions
2020
HyperGames, Federico Luger (FL GALLERY), Milan, Italy
InVisible. Diseño en Vidrio, Plaza Patria Museo, Guadalajara, México
2019
Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities, curada por Jens Hoffman, Cristina Guerra Gallery, Lisboa, Portugal
InVisible. Diseño en Vidrio, Museo Franz Mayer, Ciudad de México, México
Re|creaciones. Entre el juego y el arte. Colección MAM, Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), Mexico City, Mexico
2018
Lecturas de un territorio fracturado, Museo de las Artes de la Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
2017
Mementos: Artists’ Souvenirs, Artefacts, and other Curiosities, Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
FORMASOBREFONDO, PROYECTOSMONCLOVA, Mexico City, Mexico
Lecturas de un territorio fracturado, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
5KV, Kvalitář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
100 años de diseño suizo, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
DBA, BIG PICTURES LOS ANGELES (BPL.A.), Los Angeles, USA
Kitchen Debate, Rawson Projects & Regina Rex, New York, USA
Talon Rouge: Six Artists from Mexico Revisit José Juan Tablada and His New York Circle, curated by Daniel Garza Usabiaga, PROXYCO, New York, USA
2016
XII Bienal FEMSA. Poéticas del decrecimiento. ¿Cómo vivir mejor con menos?, Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Mexico
Una rosa tiene forma de una rosa. Oficios e instintos, Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, Mexico City, Mexico
MetaModern, The DeVos Art Museum (DVAM), Michigan, USA; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, USA
2015
Registro 04: espacio tiempo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO),
Monterrey, Mexico
The devil is in the details, KaBe Contemporary, Miami, USA
MetaModern, Krannert Art Museum, Illinois, USA; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
(SMOCA), Scottsdale, USA; Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, USA
2014
New Territories. Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America, Museum for Arts and Design (MAD), New York, USA
Copias: transformación y evolución de procesos creativos, Archivo de Diseño y Arquitectura,
Mexico City, Mexico
A book between two stools, Fondation Boghossian, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium
2013
Tropicália Negra, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico
La historia, ella misma y yo, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico
Proyecto Basurto, Steve Turner Contemporary, Mexico City, Mexico
Forecast, Portals, and Several Monotypes, 9th Mercosul Biennial, Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul (MARGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil
Un Mal Necesario, Bucareli 234, Mexico City, Mexico
2012
Solidarity: A Memory of Art and Social Change, Colombia College Chicago, A+D Gallery, Chicago, USA
NeoNatural, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA
Exhibitions: Santiago Borja, Edgar Orlaineta, Tilman Wendland, LA><ART, Los Angeles, USA
Factory Direct: Pittsburgh, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA
2011
Multitude, Örebro Konsthall, Örebro, Sweden
Transurbaniac: art emotions and some city trances, Museo Universitario de Arte
Contemporáneo (MUAC) and University Art Gallery, University of California (UCSD), San Diego, USA
2010
Billboard project, Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon, Portugal
Transurbaniac: art emotions and some city trances, Museo Universitario de Arte
Contemporáneo (MUAC); University Art Gallery, University of California (UCSD), San Diego, USA
Hitos de una ciudad en movimiento /Acervo vivo, San Carlos Centro Cultural, Antigua Academia de San Carlos, Mexico City, Mexico
The Well, Yossef Weissman Municipal Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Cafe Tschichold, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York, USA
23D, MH Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Quartet, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, USA
Creación en Movimiento: Jóvenes Creadores, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes
(FONCA), Biblioteca José Vasconcelos, Mexico City, Mexico
Hecho en casa, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
El Ahijado, Alterna y Corriente, Mexico City, Mexico
Fade to Black (and back), Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, USA
2008
Los Moviles, II Trienal Poligráfica de San Juan de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
La cooperativa de arte en video. Recopilación del maratón mexicano de arte en video,
Laboratorio Arte Alameda (LAA), Mexico City, Mexico
Recursos incontrolables y otros desplazamientos naturales, Museo Universitario de Arte
Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico
Las líneas de la mano, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City,
Mexico
Works of art with a minimum of steel, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
LatinoLatino, Palazzo Della Vicaria, Trapani, Italy
IMPLANT REDUX, The Horticultural Society of New York, originally on view at UBS Art Gallery, New York, USA
W.D.A.O.V.T.O.P.N.N.M.T.B.V., organized by Michalis Pichler, Presentation at Baso, Berlin, Germany
Cajas de tránsito: sillas desde México, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Mexico City, Mexico
2007
Elefante Negro, Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, Mexico City, Mexico
Currents: Recent Acquisitions, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., USA
Inventario, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
Red Badge of Courage, The National Newark Building, Newark, USA
Deambulante, Galería José María Velasco, Mexico City, Mexico
Hecho en Mexico: Video Arte Mexicano Contempo-Raneo, LOOP ’07, CaixaForum Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Ceci n’est pas… (This is not…), Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, USA
Perdidos en el despacio, Fundació Espais d’Art Contemporani, Girona, Spain
2006
Denial is a River, SculptureCenter, New York, USA
Relativo, Museo Universitario de Ciencia y Arte (muca-Roma), Mexico City, Mexico
Another F… Show, Arcaute Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico
2005
Critic’s Select, The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Art, New Jersey, USA
La reconstrucción del lugar común. Imágenes de Autor, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo
de San José (MADC), San José, Costa Rica
the lost e and the e to be lost, Cuisine Digitale, Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria
Breve historia contada a mano, Centro de Arte de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
México 70, Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, Mexico City, Mexico
Peekskill Project II, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA), Peekskill, New York, USA
La verdadera dimensión del espacio, Institut culturel du Mexique, Paris, France
2004
El Secreto está en la Masa, Coldcreation Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
El 2 de Octubre no se olvida: homenaje a Marcel Duchamp, Casa de la Cultura Frissac, Mexico City, Mexico
The Phantom Limb, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, USA
Peekskill Project I, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA), Peekskill, New York, USA
Contemporary Mexican Video: Local Project (screening series), Sunday Anxieties, New York, USA
Happy Art for Sad World: Les Particules Èlèmentaires / Nebulosas, Spike Gallery, New York, USA
Plant, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, New York, USA
MFA Show 2004, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, USA
2003
Bugs and Guts, Santiago Biennial, Santiago, Chile
The World is My Soul, MFA Fall Exhibition, West Stueben Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York, USA
Mexican Video Extravaganza, Bronx River Art Center, New York, USA
Les Particules Èlèmentaries, West Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York, USA
10 años de la E.N.P.E.G. “La Esmeralda” en el CENCA, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Anónimo, Momenta Art, New York, USA
Metastasize, Bronx River Art Center, New York, USA
Mexico Illuminated/Iluminado, Kutztown University and Freedman Gallery, Pennsylvania, USA
2002
La vanguardia mexicana, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain
Hard Core, Arcaute Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico
2001
Peppermint, Smack Mellon Studios, New York, USA
25 x 25, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
¿Por qué los coches no vuelan?, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Monterrey, Mexico
The Vanishing City, Programa Art Center, Mexico City, Mexico and Museum of Installation,
London, UK
2000
Erógena, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico city, Mexico; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele
Kunst Gent (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Belgium
Pasaje Iturbide, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Cinco continentes y una ciudad: segundo salón internacional de pintura en Ciudad de México,
Salon Internacional de Pintura, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
1999
Instalaciones para sitio especifico, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
Alma colectiva, López Martínez Collection, Museo de las Artes Universidad de Guadalajara
(MUSA), Guadalajara, Mexico
She is in Fashion, Acceso A, Mexico City, Mexico
1997
CAMBIO : MEXICO – USA, Temporary Space, New York, USA; Museo Universitario del Chopo,
Mexico City, Mexico
No Soy Chino, Art & Idea, Mexico City, Mexico
New Texts From Mexico, Art Deposit, Ciudad de México, México
1996
Environmex, Art Deposit, Mexico City, Mexico

Honors / Awards
2014
Award / Tequila 1800, ZONA MACO Sur, Mexico City, Mexico
2008
Grant / Sistema Nacional de Creadores, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA),Mexico City, Mexico
Grant / Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA
Residency / Baniff Art Center, Alberta, Canada
2007
Residency / Pilotprojekt Gropiusstandt, Berlin, Germany
2006
Grant / Jóvenes creadores, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), Mexico City, Mexico
Residency / Triangle Art, New York, USA
2005
Residency / ArtOmi, New York, USA
Residency / Braziers, London, UK
2002
Grant / MFA at Pratt Institute, New York, USA
Grant / Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), Mexico City, Mexico
2001
Grant / Jóvenes creadores: pintura, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), Mexico City, Mexico
1997
Grant / Art Deposit, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), Mexico City, Mexico

Public Collections
Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USA
Colección Jumex, Mexico
Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C, USA
Kadist, Paris, France & San Francisco, USA
Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico

Publications
Stapley-Brown, Victoria & Carriga, Margaret, “Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend”, The Art Newspaper, September 20, 2018
Cascone, Sarah & Goldstein, Caroline, “From a Turner Prize Winner to Mysterious Viral Prankster, Meet 6 Artists Making Their New York Solo Show Debuts This Fall”, artnet news, September 11, 2018
Uribe Jiménez, Yohan, “Entrevista a Edgar Orlaineta”, Revista Siglo Nuevo, June 22, 2018
“Su nariz está roja”, WSI Magazine, May 17, 2018
Moro, Michela, “Oh Milano!”, ARTFORUM, May 7, 2018
“Edgar Orlaineta: Su nariz esta roja (artesania asistida)”, My Art Guides, March 15, 2018
“PROXYCO, la nueva galería de arte latinoamericano en Nueva York”, Artishock, February 17, 2018
“Must See: New York November Shows”, Whitewall, November 20, 2017
Pando, Felipe, “Galería Proxyco: arte latino en Nueva York”, L’Officiel, November 16, 2017
Messina, Rab, “Kvalitar Gallery Turns Five”, TL Magazine, November 9, 2017
de la Barquera, Elvia, “Formas e Ideas: Lecturas de un Territorio Fracturado (Parte I)”, La Jornada de Oriente, October 18, 2017
Sierra, Sonia, “Diseño suizo invade el Museo de Arte Moderno”, El Universal, October 12, 2017
Durón, Maximiliano, “Proxyco, a New Gallery Focusing on Latin American Art, to Open on New York’s Lower East Side” ArtNews, October 5, 2017
“Lecturas de un territorio fracturado, de la colección de arte contemporáneo del Museo Amparo”, Código, August 31, 2017
“Museo Amparo”, e-flux, August 1, 2017
Ávila, Sonia, “El concepto como forma”, Excelsior, June 22, 2017
“FORMASOBREFONDO, en Proyectos Monclova”, GASTV, June, 2017
“Estudio” L’OFFICIEL México, no. 34, June, 2017, pp. 108-119
Friederichsen, Brenda, “Historias detrás del objeto: Edgar Orlaineta”, Líderes Mexicanos, June 3, 2017
“Inicia en Berlín exhibición mexicana de ‘Cajas de Tránsito’”, Informador, May 16, 2017
“Obras de diseño creadas por Edgar Orlaineta se exhiben en Zona Maco”, Notimex, February 10, 2017
Sánchez, S., “Todo es material: entrevista a Edgar Orlaineta sobre la exposición History is taking flight and passes forever”, Portavoz, January 23, 2017
Moody Castro, Leslie, “Edgar Orlaineta Proyectos Monclova / Mexico City”, Flash Art, January 14, 2017
Binlot, A., “UNTITLED Takes on San Francisco for First Time”, artnet news, January 13, 2017
Córdova, K., “Edgar Orlaineta: History is taking flight and passes forever”, ArtReview, January & February, 2017
Van Houten Maldonado, D., “Untying the Knots of History Around Japanese-American Internment”, Hyperallergic, December 26, 2016
Kautz, W., “Edgar Orlaineta: History is taking flight and passes forever”, Artishock, December 11, 2016
Mosqueda, G., “Andreas Fogarasi y Edgar Orlaineta, exposiciones para cerrar el año”, Farenheit, November 16, 2016
Sánchez, S., “Exhibir un oficio en Casa del Lago”, Excelsior, May 16, 2016
Sierra, S., “Cuatro muestras dialogan en Casa del Lago”, El Universal, March 17, 2016
Morgan, “Totem After Ettore Sottsass par Edgar Orlaineta”, Journal du Design, February 5, 2016
Keh, P., “Introducing Edgar Orlaineta and his take on modern graphic icons”, Wallpaper*, July 31, 2015
Moody Castro, L., “Edgar Olaineta”, Frieze, November 17, 2013
Espinoza, A., “Orlaineta entre el Arte y el diseño”, CONFABULARIO, October 12, 2013
Pérez, V., “Analizan el valor estético que poseen los objetos cotidianos”, El Universal,November 1, 2009
Noreña, A., De todas las cosas que hemos hecho, exhibition catalogue, El Clauselito, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, 2009
Marcín, Mauricio, En hombros de gigantes, Mexico, 2009
Rosemberg, K., “Yes, the live music is lovely, but will the plants like it?”, New York Times, August 7, 2008
Palacios, V., “Binding Durations”, Flash Art, vol. XLI, no. 259, March-April, 2008
Zamudio, R., “Edgar Orlaineta at Sara Meltzer Gallery”, Flash Art, vol. XLI, no. 259, March- April, p. 81
Gopnik, B., “Function following form”, Washington Post, February 10, 2008
Wolin, J. R., “Spirits”, Time Out New York, January 24, 2008
Dietsch, D. K., “Hirshhorn’s newest art”, Washington Times, December 8, 2007
Baker, R. C., “Spirits”, Village Voice, January 18, 2007
Canning, S., “Denial is a River”, Sculpture Magazine, vol. 26, no. 3, April, 2007
Conner, J., “SculptureCenter”, The Brooklyn Rail, December-January, 2006-2007
Manley, J., “Denial is a River”, Queens Chronicle, September 14, 2006
McAdams, S., “Spirits”, Chelsea Now, January, 2007
Peran, M., “Spatial Occupation Exercise to Try to Say Quickly that Space is Constructed Slowly, Perdidos en el despacio”, Fundació Espais d’Art Contemporani, Girona, 2007
Wendland, T., Edgar Orlaineta-Dandy in the Underworld, exhibition catalogue, Jet gallery, Alemania, January, 2006
Ortega, G., Breve historia contada a mano, Centro de Arte Joven, Madrid, 2005
Zamudio-Taylor, V., “Edgar Orlaineta”, Origina, 2005
Gallo, R., New Tendencies in Mexican Art – The 1990’s, Palgrave Macmillan, EUA, 2004
Arriola, M., Burbujas de jabón, exhibition catalogue, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (MACG), Mexico, 2000
Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent (S.M.A.K.), Belgium, 2000
Medina, C., Post Nacional y Post Pictórico, Cinco continentes y una ciudad, exhibition catalogue, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico, 2000
Holland, C., “Cambio”, New York Times, November 28, 1997