Francesco Clemente, ‘Untitled Self Portrait’, 1993, Robert Fontaine Gallery

Francesco Clemente was born in Naples, Italy in 1952. Throughout the 1970s he exhibited works that reflected his interest in the contemplative traditions of India, where he lived for several years. Major solo exhibitions of Clemente's work have been held at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Kunsthalle Frankfurt, The Royal Academy of Arts in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Clemente is held in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Miami Art Museum, Kunstmuseum Basel, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Clemente lives and works in New York, Rome and Madras, India.

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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