- Francesco Clemente, Italian, 1952-
- Born: Naples, Italy
- Work Locations: New York, NY, India
Italian artist Francesco Clemente works in painting, drawing and sculpture. He is most widely recognized for his figurative paintings, which he began making in the early 1980s, during the post-modern rejection of conceptualism and formalism. Informed by his experiences living in Italy, India, and the United States, Clemente approaches his work with a unique worldview that seeks to explore the complexities of the human condition. He often combines signs, symbols and forms from variety of sources, ranging from Hinduism to Tarot. Regarding his post-modern cultural “mash-ups,” the artist says: “My goal is to collect images and references from these traditions and connect them with the emotions from the present-day, and common experiences.” His compositions are celebrated for their exceptional ability to appear both timeless and contemporary, as they create a dream-like space for deeper discovery of ambivalence, human relationships, and sexuality.
"Untitled #6" and four watercolors from the same series will join "Portrait of Kent Logan and Vicki Logan" (2005) as full gifts to the Denver Art Museum. The addition of these five watercolors will broaden Clemente’s representation in the collection to include both figurative portraiture and expressionistic works on paper. Further, these works will add to our growing collection of work by Neo-Expressionist artists such as Georg Baselitz, Mimmo Paladino, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Francesco Clemente was born in Naples, Italy in 1952. After an early academic background in classical languages and literature, he briefly enrolled as an architecture student at the University of Rome in 1970.
© Francesco Clemente, courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York
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