Francesco Arena was born in Torre Santa Susanna, Brindisi, in 1978. He lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lecce and was a fellow of the Corso Superiore di Arte Visiva at the Ratti Foundation, Como (2005); Villa Arson, Nice (2010) and ISCP, New York (2013).
His works has been exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include: Metropolitan Museum of Manila (2020); Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo, Palermo (2019); Kustmuseum St. Gallen (2018); Ping Yao International Sculpture Festival (2018); MAXXI, Rome (2017); Fondazione Merz, Turin (2017); Triennale di Milano (2015), Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2015); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2015, 2014 and 2012); OSAP Olnick Spanu Art Programme, Hudson Valley (2014); Italian Pavillion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013); the solo show at Museion Bolzano (2012); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2012); the solo show at Peephole, Milan (2011); and the solo show at Nomas Foundation, Rome (2008).