Ernesto Oroza is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on conceptual design and architecture. The notion of archetype—the original pattern or model on which all similar things are based—is central to Oroza’s investigation of material culture. Oroza developed tools that engaged us in looking at Vizcaya with an active, playful and ironic perspective.
A key component of his project was a printed map that invited visitors to discover things that are not usually visible at Vizcaya. The extravagant floors assembled by Paul Chalfin served as the organizing principle of the map, which directed visitors to look at the surfaces beneath their feet and hunt for curious artifacts.
On plexiglass panels in the Main House, Oroza inserted silhouettes of the invasive plants that endanger Miami’s local vegetation, challenging us to question what is original and authentic at a place like Vizcaya. Oroza’s installation further explored how the Museum is appropriated by others, through a compilation of amateur videos taken at the estate.
About the Artist
A native of Cuba, Oroza received a Cintas Fellowship in 2008 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and cultural spaces such as Haute Definition Gallery (Paris), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Museum of Modern Art (New York); Laboral Centro de Arte (Gijon, Spain) and Groninger Museum (Groninger, The Netherlands). Oroza was co-founder of the artist collectives Laboratory Maldeojo and Ordo Amoris Cabinet. He currently lives and works in Miami.