Ernesto Oroza (born 1968) is a Cuban-born artist, designer, and writer who currently lives and works in Aventura, Florida. His work primarily addresses contemporary media culture as well as conceptual design and architecture, including issues of improvised structures and objects retooled for new functions. Recent projects, Architecture of Necessity and Objects of Necessity, investigate the homespun, Frankenstein-like objects and architecture made by Cuban citizens in order to facilitate their survival.
Oroza’s work has been shown internationally at such venues as Haute Définition Gallery, Paris; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain. He is the author of several books, including RIKIMBILI: A Study on Disobedient Technologies and Other Forms of Reinvention (Publications de l’Université de Saint-Étienne, 2009). Oroza has served as visiting professor at Les Ateliers, École nationale supérieure de création industrielle, Paris, and as professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Design of Havana. He is currently the editor of the Object Aside Series (Name Publications, Miami), a collection of books by international designers with strong conceptual projects.