Anna Netrebko

About Francesco Clemente

Italian painter Francesco Clemente came to prominence in the mid-1970s with vivid paintings rife with erotic imagery of mutilated body parts, gesturing amorphous figures often depicted in rich colors, as well as a series of contorted self-portraits. Fascinated with Indian art and mysticism, his gouache paintings and pastel drawings are especially noted for their intense and arcane quasi-religious content that has grown increasingly surreal in his later works. Though large in scale, Clemente’s work often conveys an uncanny and unabashed intimacy. Involved in the revolt against formalism and the detached qualities of much Conceptual Art, Clemente has been compared to such painters as Georg Baselitz and David Salle.

Italian, b. 1952, Naples, Italy, based in New York, NY; Rome, Italy; Madras, India

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Francesco Clemente, MARUANI MERCIER GALLERY, Brussels
2015
Francesco Clemente: Encampment, MASS MoCA, North Adams
2014
Mana Monumental, Mana Contemporary, Miami
2013
Francesco Clemente: Tents, Blain | Southern

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Francesco Clemente, MARUANI MERCIER GALLERY, Brussels
2015
Francesco Clemente: Encampment, MASS MoCA, North Adams
2013
Francesco Clemente: Tents, Blain | Southern

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
ARTephemera, VINCE fine arts/ephemera, Miami
2015
Summer Choices, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2015
Forms & Faces, Robert Fontaine Gallery
2014
Mana Monumental, Mana Contemporary, Miami
2014
Perspectives, Robert Fontaine Gallery
2014
Mana Exposition, Mana Contemporary
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