Francesco Clemente

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Portrait of Andy Hall and Christine Hall, 2004-2005 Oil On Canvas 67 X 92 In
Air, 2007 Twenty Seven Color Hand Printed Woodcut Created In The Ukiyo E Tradition With 21 Woodblocks Image Size: 24 X 18 Inches Paper Size: 24 X 18 Inches © Pace Prints-Chelsea
Self-Portrait with Lemon Heart, 2008 Twenty One Color Ukiyo E Woodcut 24 X 18 Inches © Pace Editions, Inc.
Self-Portrait in White, Red and Black X, 2008 Pastel On Paper 102 X 66.5 Cm (40.2 X 26.2 In.) © Courtesy of the artist & JABLONKA GALERIE
Amalfi 2 (from the Amalfi series), 2007 Watercolor On Paper 45.7 X 60.9 Cm (18 X 24 In.) © Courtesy of the artist & JABLONKA GALERIE
After Attar’s ‘The Conference of the Birds’ II, 2010 Watercolor/Paper 45” By 45” © Courtesy of the artist & Mary Boone Gallery - 5th Ave.
Untitled (Couple Entwined), 1987 Etching 27.5 X 55.5 Inches
Conception, 1987 Aquatint 45.25 X 39 Inches
Untitled, 2006 © Courtesy of the artist & James Cohan Gallery Shanghai
© Courtesy of the Artist and Blain|Southern London Hanover Square
Taking Refuge (detail), 2013 Tempera On Cotton And Mixed Media 600 X 400 X 300cm © Courtesy of the artist & Blain|Southern Berlin
Chinese Shadows – Zodiac V, 2012 Watercolor On Chinese Paper, Mounted On Silk 33 3/16 X 64 15/16 Inches. (84.2 X 165.0 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & The James Cohan Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist & The Rubin Museum of Art
Angels' Tent (detail), 2013-2014 Tempera/Cotton, Wood, Embroidery, Hand Stitching 118" X 236" X 158" © Courtesy of the Artist and Mary Boone Gallery - 24th St.
Moon, 1980 Gouache On Twelve Sheets Of Paper With Fabric 96 1/4 X 91" (244.5 X 231.1 Cm) © the artist and the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; Collection MoMA
The Leaf of the Thief 小偷的叶子, 2006 Ceramic Diam. 22 Inches, Height 28 11/16 ; Diam. 55.9 Cm, Height 72.9 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and James Cohan Gallery Shanghai
Emblems of Transformation 27 (detail), 2014 Watercolor On Paper 29.6 X 20.9 Cm / (11⅝ X 8¼ In) © John Berens
Emblems of Transformation 53, 2014 Watercolor On Paper 29.6 X 20.9 Cm / (11⅝ X 8¼ In) © Blain|Southern and Francesco Clemente; Photo Credit: John Berens, January 2015
Standing with truth Tent, 2012-2013 (interior view) Tempera On Cotton, Embroidery, Hand Stitching, Bamboo Poles, Wood Finials, Ropes, Iron Weights 600 X 400 X 300 © Courtesy of the artist and Blain|Southern Gallery, Berlin
Dormiveglia II, 1998 Oil On Canvas, Courtesy Of The Artist, Kim Heirston Art Advisory, New York © Francesco Clemente
Ardhanarishvara, 2016 Oil On Canvas 40,6 X 30,5 Cm 16 X 12 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Daniel Templon
Quick Facts
Naples, Italy
Birth year
Lives in
New York City
Works in
India and New York City

Francesco Clemente is an Italian painter. His work shows both surrealist and expressionist references. Clemente was self taught and studied architecture in 1970 at the University of Rome. Following his studies he explored his psyche with the use of psychedelics and traveled to India to experience Hindu spirituality.

Through the 1990s, surveys of Clemente's work were exhibited by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Sezon Museum, Tokyo. He also provided paintings for the 1998 film of Great Expectations starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke. He plays a psychologist in the movie Good Will Hunting starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams.

n 1999/2000, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York organized a major retrospective of Clemente’s work. He has participated in numerous collaborative projects, painting with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol and illuminating poetry by Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, John Wieners, Harry Matthews, and René Ricard.

Portrait photo by Jessica Rosen

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