Francesco Arena was born in Torre Santa Susanna, Brindisi, in 1978, now he lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari.

Arena starts from history to create his works, in particular from the political and social events that have characterized the recent past. Episodes, which have often been hidden or silenced, take on new life thanks to the synthetic and metaphorical forms of his sculptures.

Francesco Arena’s research is centered around ways of thinking about temporality, questioning the notion of history, by revealing irruptions in the course of things that seem to conform to a linear development marked by causes and effects. The historical and the personal are constantly intertwined in the artist’s work in the representation of historical events based on a factual relationship with himself. We frequently encounter the use of the artist’s anthropometric data (such as weight, body mass, height, distance from his eyes to the floor), acting as tangible figures to quantify history.

Selected works

Cratere

2010
Wood, metal, sand
600 × 400 × 600 cm ( 236 732 × 157 1532 × 236 732 inches )

Brackets (Madrid horizon)

2014
Galvanized metal, various materials
185 × 20 × 25 cm ( 72 2732 × 7 78 × 9 2732 inches )

Keats between cubes

2016
Bronze, steel wire
10 × 15 × 185.5 cm ( 3 1516 × 5 2932 × 73 132 inches )

Division of the square (Nietzsche)

2016
Metal, wire, different materials
100 × 100 × 2 cm ( 39 38 × 39 38 × 2532 inches )

Division of the square (a couple)

2018
Bronze, various strings
100 × 100 × 3 cm ( 39 38 × 39 38 × 1 316 inches )

Cube (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

2018
Moroccan gray stone, The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
20.5 × 20.5 × 20.5 cm ( 8 116 × 8 116 × 8 116 inches )

8 Arms with Times

2018
Bronze, analog magnetic musicassette tape
178.5 × 10 × 1 cm ( 70 932 × 3 1516 × 38 inches )

Angolo Stanco (hommage à la mort de Walter Benjamin)

2018
Iron, performer, chair
200 × 200 × 200 cm ( 78 34 × 78 34 × 78 34 inches )

Marble between 1 year

2018
Marble, agendas
20 × 18.5 × 21 cm ( 7 78 × 7 932 × 8 932 inches )

Old chair with old shoes, old Capital but new newspaper

2019
Chair, shoes, books, newspaper
40 × 40 × 80 cm ( 15 34 × 15 34 × 31 12 inches )

Medio, pollice, rosa

2020
Bronze ring
70 × 20 × 6 cm ( 27 916 × 7 78 × 2 38 inches )

Installation

Les sculptures meurent aussi

2010
Kunsthalle Mulhouse
Mulhouse

Sette, uno, quattro

2015
Galleria Raffaella Cortese
Milan

Autumn Lines

2016
Sprovieri Gallery
London

Bajo el brazo: entre la palma de la mano y la axila

2018
CaixaForum
Barcelona

Escamas

2019
Casa Vicens
Barcelona

Cubic Metre of Seawater as a Diagonal

2019
Sprovieri Gallery
London

News

Francesco Arena
Real Utopias

Sep 25 - Nov 30, 2020

Exhibition

Exhibitions

Angolo Stanco

Barcelona
Sep 26 - Nov 16, 2018
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WATCHDOG-LAPDOG-PLAYDOG

Barcelona
Apr 02 - May 07, 2016
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Meditaremos em silêncio a diferença entre nós

Madrid
Nov 14, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016
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3 Ludwig reflections and 1 horizon

Madrid
Nov 15, 2014 - Jan 17, 2015
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The Story Behind | Pilastro

Barcelona
Sep 05 - Oct 04, 2013
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