Riccardo Arena was born in 1979 in Milan, where he currently lives and works.
Riccardo Arena got his BA from Fine Art Brera Academy of Arts, Milan. In his work, he develops a creative process founded on the accumulation, collation and study of diverse documents, which, in the process of assemblage, comes to reveal accidental and unforeseen potentialities.
VAVILON – Viafarini, Milan, ITALY
MUERTE DUAL ELLERO, Galeria Wussmann, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
54th Venice Biennial – Padigione Italia nel Mondo
IL QUATTRO VOLTE ALBERO, Mayr3 – Allegra Ravizza Art Project, Milan, ITALY
FOUR TIMES A TREE, 1918ArtSpace, Shanghai, CHINA
THE MILLS OF GOD GRIND SLOWLY, Knap Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
ATRIUM PROJECT, Not Gallery, Napoli, ITALY
IL GUARDIANO, AKA Gallery, Rome, ITALY
Selected Group Exhibitions
MAXXI PRIZE, Maxxi Museum, Rome, ITALY (Upcoming)
QUADRIENNALE D’ARTE, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, ITALY (Upcoming)
THE MAN WHO SAT ON HIMSELF, Fondazione Sandretto Re-Rebaudengo, Turin, ITALY
GROWING ROOTS, Premio Furla, Palazzo Reale, Milan, ITALY
SCENARIO DI TERRA, MART, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto
BELVEDERE, MAGA, Gallarate Museum of Contemporary Art , ITALY
“HOW EARLY MEN BELIEVED THAT ALL … ”, Ammirato Culture House, Lecce, ITALY
ARIMORTIS, Museo del Novecento, Milan, ITALY
IL GIARDINO DEI SENTIERI…., OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai, CHINA
ATHENS VIDEO ART FESTIVAL, Athene, GREECE
LONG PLAY, XXIV ed. del Premio Nazionale Arti Visive MAGA, Gallarate, ITALY
In my work I develop a creative process founded on the accumulation, collation and study of diverse documents, which, in the process of assemblage, come to reveal accidental and unforeseen potentialities. These potentialities become in themselves active agents in the imagining of new, circumstantial paths of association that evolve independently from the original inspirational impulse.
The constant movement between the intuitive gathering of study materials and their internal reconfiguration through the intuitive act is condensed into narrative structures that become the fundamental principle of the work: collage, films, drawings, archive objects, texts and animations, are all orchestrated into a visual constellation in mutual dialogue, becoming a vehicle for multiple references and interpretations.
Within these “compositions” the recurring themes are often related to science, methodology of classification, tradition and religion, utopian visions, popular mythologies, founded and unfounded theories and catastrophic imaginary intended as a creative act of reorganization, evolution and metamorphosis. These thematic threads are intertwined in an attempt to demarcate the modern mental landscape. A landscape that is dominated by an excess of perception oscillating between the rational and the spiritual. In my work I seek to dissolve these boundaries in favour of an evocative, poetic and visionary dimension.
Over the past few years, I have dedicated myself to the creation of independent projects in different countries, the timing and content of which are suggested through the events that arise during the investigation: China “Four Times a Tree” (2006 / 2008), Argentina “Dual death Ellero and visual ecosystem” (2009 / 2012), Russia “Vavilon” (2013 / 2016)