Francesco Clemente


Francesco Clemente is a contemporary Italian artist known for his dreamlike paintings based on esoteric themes of sexuality and spirituality. Working across oil painting, installation, and watercolor, Clemente’s works are characterized by their formal experimentation with symbols, portraiture, and the human figure. “I believe there is such a thing as an imagination shared by the different contemplative traditions,” he has said. “My goal is to collect images and references from these traditions and connect them with the emotions from the present-day, and common experiences.” Born on March 23, 1952 in Naples, Italy, he studied architecture at the University of Rome in 1970 before moving to India three years later. While abroad, he collaborated with local craftsman and painters, while also studying Hindu spiritual texts. His experience in traditional papermaking and miniature painting has had a lasting impact on his work. Relocating to New York in 1981, Clemente began collaborating with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Allen Ginsberg. Categorized as a Neo-Expressionist during the 1980s, Clemente has largely shunned the restrictive label of movements and styles. Seeking various outlets for his creativity, in 1998 he produced around 200 original works for director Alfonso Cuaròn’s film Great Expectations. Clemente continues to live and work in New York, NY.
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1952born in Naples, Italy

1970enrolled as an architecture student at the Università degli Studi di Roma, La Sapienza, Italy

1971had his first solo exhibition at the Galleria Valle Giulia

1972met Alighiero e Boetti in Rome

1980participated in the Venice Biennale

1981studied Sanskrit

1981 - 1982created The Fourteen Stations, a series of twelve large oils

1984collaborated with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol on a group of works

2002lected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters
lives and works in New York, NY; Rome, Italy; and Madras, India


2010“A Private Geography”, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

2009Shipwreck with Spectator 1974-2004, MADRE (Contemporary Art Museum Donnaregina), Naples, Italy

2008Francesco Clemente and Ron Arad, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany

2007“Portraits”, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.
Exposures, the contemporary self-portrait, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Atlantic Avenue Paintings, Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2006Chairs, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
Self-Portraits, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, UK

2005Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany

2004Happy Birthday, Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
Drawings, Gagosian Gallery, Heddon Street, London, UK
Francesco Clemente: New Works, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Francesco Clemente, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Francesco Clemente: New Works: The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2003Francesco Clemente: Paintings 2000-2003, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA; Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

2002Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy
The Book of the Sea, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
Clemente in Taos, The Harwood Museum of Art, The University of New Mexico, Taos, NM

2001Self Portraits, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
Francesco Clemente: Painter's Wardrobe, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, UK

1999 - 2000Clemente, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

1999Broken Women- Neue Pastelle, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Francesco Clemente: Opere su carta, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Kustsammlung Nordhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany

1998Portraits Obscured, Gagosian Gallery Madison Ave, New York, NY
Francisco Clemente: Three New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

1997Francesco Clemente: Indian Watercolors, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Francesco Clemente: The Paintings of the Gate, Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
Francesco Clemente: Portraits, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Fifty One Days on Mount Abu, Anthony d'Offray Gallery, London, UK
Francesco Clemente: Anamorphosis, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

1996Francesco Clemente, Galerie Daniel Temple, Paris, France
Francesco Clemente: New Works, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

1995Paintings & Watercolors, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Mothers of Hope, Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Francesco Clemente: Frescoes and Pastels, Anthony d'Offray Gallery, London, UK
Francesco Clemente: Works from 1980 to 1990, Peter Blum, New York, NY

1994 - 2002Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee national de l'art moderne, Paris, France

1994Quentin Crisp meets Bunuel, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

1993Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, UK
New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
The Black Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

1992Testa Coda, Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland; Gagosian Gallery New York, NY
Francesco Clemente, Gallery Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
Francesco Clemente: Watercolors, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany
Works on Paper 1974-1983, Leccese Spruth Galerie, Cologne, Germany

1991Francesco Clemente: New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Francesco Clemente, Perry Rubenstein, New York, NY
Francesco Clemente: Recent Works, Galerie Templon, Paris, France
Francesco Clemente, Galerie Albrecht, Munich, Germany

1991Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland

1990Clemente/Pastels, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, UK
Clemente: Three Worlds, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Clemente: A Retrospective of the Prints 1980-1990, Dolan/Maxwell, Philadelphia, PA
Francesco Clemente - New Editions, Crown Point Press, New York, NY
Francesco Clemente: New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

1989Dia Art Foundation, Bridgehampton, NY
Story of My Country, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, UK
Francesco Clemente, Pace Prints, New York, NY
Francesco Clemente/Woodcuts, Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1988Sperone Westwater, New York, NY

1987Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland

1986 - 1987Francesco Clemente, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; The Temporary Contemporary Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1986Sperone Westwater, New York, NY

1985Sperone Westwater, New York, NY
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Woodcuts, Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1984Galleriat, Lund, Sweden

1983Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
Francesco Clemente: The Fourteen Stations, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK; Groninger Museum, Groningen, Germany; Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Anthony d'Offay and Gian Enzo Sperone, London, UK; Mario Diacono, Rome, Italy
Francesco Clemente's Drawings, A Space, Toronto, Canada
Sperone Westwater and Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY

1982Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Il Viaggiatore Napoletano, Paul Maenz, Cologne, Germany
Mario Diacono, Rome, Italy

1981Sperone Westwater, Fischer, Germany
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
Anthony d'Offay, London, UK
Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
Francesco Clemente/Matrix 46, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT

1980Sperone Westwater, New York, NY
Paul Maenz, Cologne, Germany
Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea de Milano, Milan, Italy
Art and Project, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mario Diancono, Rome, Italy
Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy

1979Lisson Gallery, London, UK
Emilio Mazzoli, Modena, Italy
Giuliana de Crescenzo,Rome, Italy
Lucia Amelio, Naples, Italy
Gian Enzo Sperone, Turin, Italy
Paul Maenz, Cologne, Germany

1977Paolo Betti, Milan, Italy

1976Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy
Lucrezia de Domizio, Pescara, Italy

1975Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy
Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy
Franco Toselli, Milan, Italy

1975Galerie Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy

1974Galleria Area, Florence, Italy


New York Public Library, New York, NY
The National Gallery, Victoria, Australia
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
El Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland
Centro Cultural d'Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico
Bibliotheque National, Paris, France
Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
Art & Project, Slootdorp, The Netherlands
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Tate Gallery, London, UK
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Saatchi Collection, London, UK
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

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