Arcangelo was born in Avellino in 1956. He studied at the Benevento Liceo Artistico and from 1976 to 1980 at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome from which he received a diploma. In 1981 he moved to Milan. In the early eighties he started on the cycle "Terra mia" (My Earth).
In 1984, on the occasion of the Basle art fair, he took part in the collective “Perspective”. There followed the one-man shows at the Tanit Gallery in Munich and at the Buchman Gallery in Basel. In 1985 he took part in the collective exhibition “Nuovi Argomenti” (New subjects) at the PAC in Milan and held one-man shows at the Janine Mautsch Gallery in Cologne, at the Harald Behm in Hamburg and at the Klaus Lupke in Frankfurt. He started his sculptures entitled "Montagne Sante" (Holy Mountains). In 1986 he held one-man shows at the Villa Waldberta in Germany, at the Engström Gallery in Stockholm, and at the Studio Guenzani in Milan and took part in the collective exhibitions “XI Quadriennale di Roma, “Prospect ‘86” at the Kunstverein und Shirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, and “Dopo il concettuale” at the Museo Provinciale d'Arte in Trento.
In 1987 he exhibited at the P.A.C. in Milan and at the Museum der Stadt of Esslingen. Towards the end of the eighties he started the "Altari" (Altars) and between 1989 and 1990 he began the cycle "Pianeti" (Planets). In 1990 he took a trip to Africa with Giuseppe Spagnulo, Pietro Coletta, and Antonio Paradiso. He exhibited the works of his "Dogon," series at the Kunstverein in Bonn in 1991. In 1992 he gave an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in Toulouse in the Réfectoir des Jacobins. In 1993 he then held one-man shows at the Contemporary Art Centre La Ferme du Buisson in Marne-La-Vallée, at the Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art in St.Priest, at the Kodama Gallery of Osaka and at the Gentili Gallery in Florence. In 1994 he exhibited his "Stanze" (Rooms) at the Otto Gallery in Bologna, and once again at the Tanit in Munich, and then at the Alice Pauli in Lausanne.
Between 1993 and 1994 he exhibited in Japan at the Fukuyama Museum of Art and, in France, at the Musée d'Art Moderne, Réfectoire des Jacobins in Toulouse and at the FRAC Midi-Pyrénées. In 1995, together with Pino Tripodi, Primo Moroni, and Daniele Farina, he organized “Leonkart” at the C.S.O.A. Leoncavallo in Milan. In 1996 he presented, at the Di Meo Gallery in Paris, his wax work "Le Navi" (the Ships). In the summer of the same year he started the cycle of the "Misteri" (Mysteries). Between 1996 and 1997 he exhibited at the Tanit Gallery, at the Otto in Bologna, at the Mautsch in Cologne and at the Bernard Cats in Brussels. In 1998 he held a one-man show at the Civica Raccolta del Disegno in Salò. In the same year Arcangelo started the small cycle of "Verso Oriente" (Towards the East) and then, at the Florian Caffè in Venice he exhibited his terracotta "Anfore" (Amphoras). In 1999 he was awarded the Suzzara prize for painting. In the same year he exhibited his "Tappeti Persiani" (Persian Rugs) at a one-man exhibit at the Galleria Fumagalli in Bergamo.
In the year 2000 he held a one-man show at the Lorenzelli Gallery in Milan, “Tappeti Persiani, Sarcofago, Anfore” (Persian Rugs, Sarcophagus, and Amphoras). And then, immediately, he showed together with Pizzi Cannella the exhibition “A Quattromani” at the Otto Gallery in Bologna. In the same year he participated in the collective exhibit “Generazione Astratta” (Abstract Generation) at the Fondazione Bandera per l'Arte in Busto Arsizio. In the summer of 2001 he began the new cycle "Sanniti" (Samnites). At the end of the summer 2001 he painted the "Feticci" (Idols) and created the "Orti" (Gardens) in ceramic. In May 2002 he participated in the collective exhibit “Bianco Italiano” at the Lorenzelli Arte Gallery in Milan, with Gianni Dessì, Nunzio and Piero Pizzi Cannella. In 2003 the monograph “Arcangelo” was published by Edizioni Quattroemme, Perugia.