Hugo Orlandini was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1974. Between 1985 and 1989 he studied Plastic Arts in Havana and in 1989 he travelled to Buenos Aires, where he furthered his training at the Manuel Belgrano School of Fine Arts. His studies enabled him to work for a time as a set designer for the stage and film. He was recently selected by 17ZWEI to take part in a public art project in Switzerland, and in 2013 has also been awarded prizes by the Gabarrón Foundation and the Murcia Futuro Foundation at the International Public Sculpture Competition. Since 2010 he has been an artist in residence at La Escocesa Creation Centre in Barcelona, and the following year was awarded a production grant by the same organisation. His work has been displayed in Barcelona, Istanbul, London, Zurich and Buenos Aires. He has lived and worked in Barcelona since 2002.
The work of Hugo Orlandini revolves around the ways of occupying space. His pieces materialize as sculptures or installations with high technical and scenographic complexity. Orlandini uses everyday objects to approach social issues such as immigration, inequality and the violation of human rights. Impregnated with an ironic tone, his proposals are always refreshing.