Edgar Orlaineta Mexican, b. 1972

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


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.



Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA; MUAC, Ciudad de México, México; Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain; Hammer, Los Ángeles, USA; CCA, Instituto Wattis en San Francisco, USA; Museo Amparo, Puebla, México; Museo de Arte Moderno de la Ciudad de México, México; Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, USA; Museo Universitario del Chopo, U.N.A.M, México.