Happy Birthday Francesco Clemente !

By Anne Leader

Happy Birthday Francesco Clemente! Born on 23 March 1952 in Naples, Clemente studied architecture in Rome at the Università degli Studi ‘La Sapienza’ in the early 1970s. He was drawn to avant-garde artists working in Rome and began drawing recollections of childhood dreams. He had his first solo show at Rome’s Galleria Giulia in 1971. He divides his time among homes in Madras, New York, and Rome.

Reference: “Clemente, Francesco.“ Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. .

Francesco Clemente in San Francisco holding his self-portrait at Nash Editions, 1991

Symbolon  1977  Ink on paper  6 x 8 3/16 in  15.3 x 20.8 cm 

Twins  1978  Ink, gouache, and colored pencil on paper, mounted on linen  93 x 59 in  236.2 x 149.9 cm 

Hunger  1980  Gouache on handmade Pondicherry paper, joined with handwoven cotton strips  96 ½ x 93 ½ in  245.1 x 237.5 cm

Allen Ginsberg  1982-1987  Watercolor on paper  14 x 20 in  36.2 x 50.8 cm

Keith Haring  1982-1987  Watercolor on paper  14 x 20 in  36.2 x 50.8 cm

Name  1983  Oil on canvas  77 15/16 x 92 15/16 in  198 x 236 cm

Seed  1991  Tempera on linen  24 x 24 in  61 x 61 cm

Birthday Self-Portrait  2001  Mixed media on jeans fabric 163 3/8 x 173 5/8 in  415 x 441 cm    

Self-Portrait as St. James  2011  Oil on canvas  48 x 43 in  121.9 x 109.2 cm

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