Francesco Arena was born in Torre Santa Susanna, Brindisi, Italy, in 1978. Lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari, Italy.
Francesco Arena’s recent solo exhibitions include: 'Nostalgic dissidence', La Capella, Barcelona, Spain (2017); ‘Perimetro con quattro opere in uno spazio’, TRA, Treviso, Italy (2016); ‘Autumn Lines’ Sprovieri Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2016); ’Jannis Kounellis - Francesco Arena', Palazzo Baronale, Novoli, Lecce, Italy (2015); 'Onze mille cent quatre-vingt sept jours', Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (2013); 'Trittico 57', Museion, Bolzano, Italy (2012); 'Com'è piccola Milano', Peep Hole, Milan, Italy (2011); 'Teste, Fondazione Ermanno Casoli', Fabriano, Italy (2010).
He has also taken part in several group exhibitions, among which: ‘MAXXI re-evolution’, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Roma, Italy (2017); ‘Mario Merz Prize. Finalists exhibition’, Fondazione Merz, Torino, Italy (2017); 'Happy ending', curated by Florence Derieux, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (2016); 'Ennesima', Triennale di Milano, Italy (2015); 'Italy in Songeun. We have never been modern', SongEun Artspace, Seoul, Korea (2014); 'Vice Versa', Italian Pavilon, 55 Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2013).