Francesco Clemente Biography

Naples, Italy, 1952-

Contemporary Italian Master artist, Francesco CLEMENTE is one of the most illustrious European TRANS-AVANTGARDE artists.

By the time he completed high school, CLEMENTE was already a self-trained painter and poet. In 1970, he moved to Rome and began studying architecture, where he met artists, such as, Cy TWOMBLY y Alighiero BOETTI. Both these artists influenced his development as an artist.

In 1971, VALLE GIULIA GALLERY, Rome, held the first exhibition by this artist, after which CLEMENTE moved to India and opened a studio in Madras. In 1979, he began his association with the TRANS-AVANTGARDE movement, and became one of the leading exponents along with CHUCCHI, CHIA, DE MARIA and PALADINO.

He began receiving international acclaim during the 1980s, when he also published several books and also a group of miniature paintings, in conjunction with Hindu artists, from Southern India.

In 1981, he moved to New York, where he currently works.

Selected Exhibitions

2000 - Clemente, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York

1999 - Francesco Clemente Frescoes Peter Blum Gallery, New York, New York

1998 - Great Graphics Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, New York 1997 - Paper Works, Sperone Westwater, New York, New York - Francesco Clemente, Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York - The 1997 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

1996 - Summer Exhibition, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York - Clemente Schnabel Twombly 3 Large-Scale Works, Sperone Westwater, New York, New York

Selected Museums and Collections

  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
  • Dia:Chelsea, New York
  • Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
  • State Museums of Berlin
  • Tate Gallery, London