Francesco Bendini was born in 1996 in Sansepolcro (AR). He lives and works in Città di Castello (PG) (IT).


His artistic practice includes sculpture, performance acts and video. The works and actions that accompany his research always contain a strong irony and even sarcasm, which, depending on the case, give the work a conceptual air. Autobiographical or intimist elements are also included, but relativised and put into perspective by sociological or historical elements, by machinic or organic processes. The artist works within a socio-cultural context of which he is the product.




2023 Sculpture MA, Academy of Fine Arts Bologna (BO)
Sept 2021 - Mar 2022 Erasmus to Newcastle University - Fine Arts (NCL) (UK)
2020 Sculpture BA, Academy of Fine Arts Bologna (BO)


Solo / Duo exhibitions

2023 InPresenza, Ipercorpo (solo) - EXATR, Forlì (FC) - curated by Davide Ferri in collaboration with Miral Rivalta

2023 Emergere (duo with Ketty Gobbo) - Zolforosso, Venice (VE) - curated by Leonardo Bentini 
2022 CINGOMMA (solo) - AF Gallery, Bologna (BO) - curated by Carmen Lorenzetti
2022 Sì, mi ricordo (duo with Edoardo Sessa) - L’Ariete artecontemporanea, Bologna (BO) - curated by Eleonora Frattarolo
2021 WORK WORK WORK (solo) - Rotonda Medievale, Città di Castello (PG) - with a text by Miral Rivalta


Group exhibitions

2023 Cowboy Crudo - Fuocherello, Volvera (TO) - curated by Miral Rivalta

2023 La sostanza agitata - Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto (PG) - curated by Saverio Verini

2023 Compresenza degli opposti - AF Gallery, Bologna (BO) - curated by Carmen Lorenzetti
2023 ABABO gallery - Artefiera, Bologna (BO) - stand curated by Maura Pozzati
2023 Hard City - Vending machine Aldrovandi square 19c, Bologna (BO) - curated by Jacopo Casamenti
2022 00:00:08.00 - Plexus of San Domenico, Cesena (FC) - during Scuola Conia - curated by MEC Project
2021 Turn ON - Windsor Terrace, Newcastle Upon Tyne (NCL) - curated by Oisin Stephenson and Iris Ollier
2021 Inside show - Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna (BO) - curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi
2021 Abecedario d’Artista - Palazzo del Governatore, Parma (PR) - curated by Tørø
2020 PhygitArt - Villa Magherini Graziani, San Giustino (PG) - curated by Koinervetti
2019 III Biennale d’Arte Don Franco Patruno - MAGI ‘900, Pieve di Cento (BO)
2019 To be going to - P420, Bologna (BO) - curated by Francesca Bertazzoni and Davide Ferri
2019 Corrente - Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna - curated by the artist
2018 S’io m’intuassi, come tu t’immii - Mostrami Factory, Milan (MI) - curated by Mostrami
2018 Sull’immagine come linguaggio comune - Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna (BO) - curated by Cecilia Guida
2018 Prima il trucco - Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna (BO) - curated by Donato Ovarini


Residencies / Workshops
2022 TAI How to // You too - masterclass in Prato (PO) - curated by Chiara Bettazzoni
2022 MIR - artist residency in Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD) - curated by Menti Libere with Eva Comuzzi
2022 Acqua che Sale - contemporary printing workshop - Traffic Festival, San Lorenzo in Campo (PU) - curated by Giorgia Agnese Cereda
2022 Building memories with concrete - CO\DENSA OPEN LAB, 8-13 y/o workshop - Cooperativa DENSA, Perugia (PG) - curated by the artist
2021 Equidistanze - artist residency in Filetto (RA) - curated by Magazzeno Art Gallery
2020 LINK R03 - construction of a permanent work in situ - LINK, Bologna (BO) - curated by INPUT


Catlogues / Publishings / Prizes

2023 Combat Prize - Civic Museum Giovanni Fattori, Livorno (LI) - finalist

2023 MUG Emil Banca prize (finalist) - curated by Licia Mazzoni
2022 Apocalypsebananow - Banane Fanzine - N.5
2022 Young Art Award - 3rd edition - finalist
2022 Emergere - A Priori Magazine - N.0 - collab with Ketty Gobbo and Leonardo Bentini
2021 Ducato Prize - finalist
2021 Art Up - Opentour - Honorable Mention for the video GORGOS, selection jury composed by Lorenzo Balbi, Gloria Bartoli, Marco Ghigi

2020 Nocivelli Prize - Chiesa della Disciplina, Verolanuova (BS) - finalist



2023 The Arches Sound Project - sound piece - Newcastle University (NCL) (UK)
2020 Deliverarte - Milano (MI) - curated by Piano A 
2019 The Internet Yami-Ichi - DAS - Dispositivo Arti Sperimentali, Bologna (BO) - curated by Metochè
2019 APArt - Augmented Public Art - creating an AR installation - curated by Net Service Digital Hub