Francesca Leone was born in Rome into a family of artists. Her first solo exhibitions as an artist were presented in 2008 at the Loggiato di San Bartolomeo, Palermo (Riflessi e riflessioni) and Palazzo Venezia, Rome (Primo Piano, then Castel dell’Ovo, Naples, 2009). In 2009 she exhibited at the MMOMA-Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Moscow (Beyond Their Gaze, curated by Maurizio Calvesi) and was made an Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. In 2011 she participated in the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (Italy Pavilion) and in 2013 in the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (Cuba Pavilion, La Perversión de lo Clásico: anarquía de los relatos). In 2014 three solo exhibitions were devoted to her – at the MAC in Santiago in Chile; at the MACBA-Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires; at the Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg –, followed in 2015 by the one-woman show OurTrash at the Milan Triennale and in 2017 in the Garden at the MACRO-Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome. In June 2018 in Palermo – within the sphere of Palermo Capital of Culture 2018 and the collateral events of Manifesta 12 – she exhibited the installation Monaci, curated by Danilo Eccher, at the Real Albergo dei Poveri, followed by the solo exhibition Domus at the Palacio de Gaviria in Madrid. In 2020 the Galleria Magazzino in Rome hosted her solo exhibition Si può illuminare un cielo melmoso e nero? In 2021 she presented her solo exhibition “Ulteriori gradi di libertà nella città che resiste” at the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan, curated by Andrea Viliani.