Francesco Arena

Francesco Arena was born in Torre Santa Susanna, Brindisi, in 1978, now he lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari.
To create his works he starts from the history, in particular from the political and social facts that characterized the recent past. Episods, too many times hidden or hushed up, that in the works by Francesco Arena gain a new life thanks to the synthetic and metaphorical forms of his sculptures.

Francesco Arena shows his works in solo exhibitions like: 2015  Francesco Arena – Autumn lines, Sprovieri Gallery, London; Francesco Arena – 7, 1, 4, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano. 2014 3 Ludwig reflections and 1 horizon, 2013 Onze mille cent quatre-vingt sept jours, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims. 2012 Trittico 57, Project Room, Museion, Bolzano; Orizzonte con riduzione di Mare, Monitor, Roma. 2011 Com’è piccola Milano, Peep Hole, Milano.  2010 Art Statement, Art Basel; Teste, Fondazione Ermanno Casoli, Fabriano.

He also has taken part in several group exhibitions among wich: 2015 Ennessima, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Triennale, Milano; Nero su bianco, curated by Robert Storr, Lyle Ashton Harris, Peter Benson Miller, American Academy, Roma; Pass. Kunst in dorpen, curated by Jan Hoet Junior, Kris Martin, Melanie Deboutte; Mullem, Huise, Wannegem, Lede; TUTTTOVERO, curated by Francesco Bonami, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli; Sculptures Also Die, curated by di Lorenzo Benedetti, Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze. 2014 Art Parcourse, Curated by Florence Derieux, Art Basel 45, Basel; Ritratto dell’artista da giovane, Curated by Marcella Beccaria, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli; Liberdade em movimento, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brasil. 2013 Vice Versa, Italian Pavilon, 55 Biennale di Venezia, Venezia. 2012 La storia che non ho vissuto. Testimone indiretto, Curated by Marcella Beccaria, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli. The revolution must be made little by little |part 2: The Squaring of the Circle, Galeria Raquel Arnaud, San Paolo, Brasile; Sotto la Strada la Spiaggia, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino. 2011 Il bel paese dell’arte, GAMEC, Bergamo; Pleure qui peu rit qui veut – Premio Furla 2011, Palazzo Pepoli, Bologna. 2010 Temporaneo – contemporary art in the evolving city, organized by Nomas Foundation and IMF Foundation, Roma; Practicing Memory – In the time of an all – engaging present, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella.