Serena Alma Ferrario was born in Crema near Milan in 1986. She has lived and worked in Germany, Italy, and Rumania. From 2010 to 2017, she studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (Braunschweig University of Art), et al., with Wolfgang Ellenrieder, Isa Melsheimer, and Nadine Fecht. In 2016, she was awarded a diploma with honors and was named as a master student in 2017. Ferrario received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation) and, in 2017, was awarded a master student scholarship by the Stiftung Braunschweigischer Kulturbesitz and the Max-Ernst-Stipendium of the City of Brühl. In 2018, Serena Ferrario received the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship and was nominated for the Columbus Förderpreis für aktuelle Kunst. In May 2021, she was unanimously selected as the winner of the Horst Janssen Graphic Prize.