Working in the tradition of Arte Povera, Stefano Arienti is best known for his subtle transformations of printed matter and found objects and images—including postcards, comic books, carpets, zippers, and wallpaper—that he alters through minimal gestures like folding, puncturing, dyeing with pigment, or sewing. Works include delicate hand-folded paper sculptures, sliced book covers, and even posters sewn with zippers, all with which Arienti strives to create “material disorientation” so that the viewer discovers that the seemingly banal also contains wonder.
Arienti lives and works in Milan. His work has been shown extensively in Italy and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions, and he has recently been selected as an International Artist-in-Residence at the prestigious ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas. Arienti was also the subject of a major retrospective at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin and the Maxxi Museum in Rome. His work was shown in the Milano Europa 2000 Triennial, the 3rd International Istanbul Biennial, curated by Vasif Kortun and at the Hara Museum in Japan. Major public and private collections worldwide contain his work, including the FRAC in France.