Artist of the moment…Francesco Clemente….

Francesco Clemente is a fantastic contemporary artist born in Naples, Italy in the year 1952. His father was a judge and Clemente was the only child born to the family.  As a visitor to many different cultures ans societies his art is  wonderful blend of all cultures. For instance his paintings of India give a wonderful and very playful look into Indian culture.

Price range: Very prolific as far as output. Etchings run $2,000 to $10,000. Watercolor $10,000 to $100,000.  Many pastels range $10,000 to $25,000.  Oils range $20,000 to the low six figures. Also has done some work with photography.

Two series that have been well acclaimed by critics include a great number of portraits spanning decades. A glimpse of Neo-Expression can be seen here. Clemente also produced a wonderful series featuring Tarot cards.

In 1970 attended a University in Rome where he began to study architecture.

First solo exhibition in 1971.

Included in the 1980 Venice Biennale.

He also learned the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit.

In 1984 he worked on collaborations with Andy Warhol And Jean Michel Basquiat.

Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Here is a great interview with PBS anchor Charlie Rose.

Has studios in many international cities including Rome, New York, and also in India.

A clip from a show given at the Tate in London:

This clip is a mixture of German and English. I included it because it covers a series the artist did with watercolors that includes 40 paintings.


Its great to see an artist that lived in the 1980s and actually worked with Warhol and Basquiat thriving and doing so well!


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