Stefano Arienti was born in Asola, in the province of Mantua in 1961. After graduating in agricultural studies, he turned to art under the guidance of Corrado Levi, and made his debut in Milan in the mid Eighties at the Brown Boveri (a former factory that many young artists used as a meeting point for free experimentation). Operating on “poor” and every day materials – which often include paper, books, pictures taken from postcards, posters or photocopies, as well as polystyrene, plastic, plasticine, fabrics – Arienti realizes surprising works, that induce the viewer to reflect on the concept of “wonder”, prompting participation, through the use of manipulation too. The numerous shows he has participated in include Venice Biennale (Aperto 1990, 1993); Istanbul Biennale (1992); Cocido y Crudo, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (1994); XII Rome Quadrennial, 1996 (winner of the first prize); Fatto in Italia, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; ICA, London (1997); Gwangju Biennale (2008). Among his latest solo exhibitions: MAXXI, Roma (2004); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2005); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2007); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2008); MAMbo, Bologna (con Cesare Pietroiusti, 2008); Palazzo Ducale, Mantua (2009); Museion, Bolzano (with Massimo Bartolini, 2011).

Stefano Arienti
Stefano Arienti
Asola (Mantova), 1961

Past Exhibitions

Stefano Arienti: Capolini

Milan Artist Run Space – MARS
31/05/2017 — 26/06/2017

Stefano Arienti: Golden Hand

Francesco Pantaleone
07/07/2016 — 22/09/2016

Il bianco, il nero e il blu

Private: Le Case d’Arte
23/06/2015 — 31/10/2015

Studio Guenzani, Milano. 1986-2015: Molto-Tutto

Studio Guenzani
24/09/2015 — 18/12/2015

Liberi tutti! Art and Society in Italy. 1989 – 2001

Museo Ettore Fico
09/07/2015 — 31/10/2015

Solo Shows


Manifesti, Studio Guenzani, Milan.
Copertine, Marignana/arte, Venice.
Foscarini Spazio Soho, New York, NY.


Custodie Vuote, Palazzetto Tito, Venice (Curated by Francesca Pasini).
Fenix, Stefano Arienti & Foofwa d’Imobilit, La Fenice Opera House, Venice.
Biblioteca, private house, Garrison, NY.
Ailanthus, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA (site-specific outdoor installation)

Group Shows


Milano 1986 – 2015: Molto tutto, Studio Guenzani, Milan.


Pose Position, Galerie 1m3, Lausanne.

2011 Class Will Out – Contemporary Artists vs Young Generation, GAMeC, Bergamo (Curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio).
Posso errare, ma non di core, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Monfalcone.

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Asola (Mantova) Country of birth: Italy Date of birth: 1961 Lives in: Milan