Bruna Esposito was born in 1960 in Rome, where she lives and works.
After finishing the Fine Arts High School, where she studied with Carmengloria Morales, she attended the Department of Architecture in the State University in Rome. From 1980 she lived and worked in New York where she studied dance with Batya Zamir and Sally Gross, and was assistant of artists Lucio Pozzi and Donald Judd. In 1984 she was selected to attend the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. From 1985 she lived and worked in West Berlin, where she realized floating sculptures and site-specific happenings . At this time, she also received a grant from the Internazionale Bauhaustellung Berlin in support of a project for “Two Public Compost Toilets”. Among her solo exhibitions are worth mentioning: Clocktower P.S.1 New York in 1999, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea del Castello di Rivoli in 2002 and, also that year, Castel Sant’Elmo in Naples.
Her works were shown at numerous international exhibitions among which the institutional shows: Documenta X in Kassel, the 48th and 51st Venice Biennials; the Istanbul Biennale in 2003; the Gwnagju Biennial in 2004, Sonsbeek 9, Arnhem, Olanda nel 2001, the Quadriennale di Roma in 1996 and 2008, Prospect 1-New Orleans in 2008, and Venice-Istanbul at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey in 2006.
Esposito's work has been distinguished with several awards among which the P.S.1 Italian Studio Program in 1999; the Golden Lion for the Italian Pavilion “Dapertutto” together with four artists at the Venice Biennale in 1999; she was also the winner of the Italian Young Artist National Prize in 2000 and in 2011 with the Selection for the Chamber of Deputies Prize for the 150 years of the Italian Union.
In 2010 she founded with other artists at L'Aquila the cultural association Neola Onlus, a charity collective created to help restorations, laboratories and support initiatives in the areas affected by the earthquake.