Simone Battisti was born in Rome, Italy in 1982. He began his academic career studying philosophy of language and cinema before eventually studying art history.
At the meantime he was also writing texts and articles for artists catalogs and for the Italian newspaper La repubblica. He moved to Paris in 2004 where he worked at the Centre Pompidou. Following his time in Paris, Simone moved to New York to work with Stefania Bortolami at Bortolami gallery where he spent 5 years working closely with artists. He joined the team at Gladstone Gallery as a gallery director in 2012.