Francesco Arena (born 1978 Torre Santa Susanna) is an Italian artist who is best known for his abstract, conceptual works and post-Minimalist sculptures.
Arena’s works mainly originate from Italian history, to be more precise, from its political and social facts intertwined with his own personal past. Occurrences that have been tried to be concealed or covered up, gain new attention through the metaphorical forms of his sculptures.
Francesco Arena’s solo exhibitions include: Francesco Arena – Autumn lines, Sprovieri Gallery, London (2016); Francesco Arena – 7, 1, 4, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan (2015); 3 Ludwig reflections and 1 horizon, NoguerasBlanchard, Madrid (2014); The story behind, NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona (2013); to name just a few.
Arena was also part of several group exhibitions, including amongst others: Ennessima, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Triennale, Milano (2015); Nero su bianco, curated by Robert Storr, Lyle Ashton Harris, Peter Benson Miller, American Academy, Roma (2015); Pass. Kunst in dorpen, curated by Jan Hoet Junior, Kris Martin, Melanie Deboutte; Mullem, Huise, Wannegem, Lede (2015); TUTTTOVERO, curated by Francesco Bonami, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli (2015); Sculptures Also Die, curated by di Lorenzo Benedetti, Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze (2015); Art Parcourse, curated by Florence Derieux, Art Basel 45, Basel (2014); Ritratto dell’artista da giovane, curated by Marcella Beccaria, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli (2014); Liberdade em movimento, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brasil (2014); Vice Versa, Italian Pavilon, 55 Biennale di Venezia, Venezia (2013).