Painting is like making love. You cannot ask, 'How do you do it?' But, hopefully, it is beautiful.

Clemente's dramatic figural imagery was a major component in the revitalization of Italian art beginning in the 1980s. Working across different media, Clemente’s works revolve around the themes of sexuality and spirituality.


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Clemente is greatly influenced by mysticism, traditional art and the culture of India.

Francesco Clemente was born in 1952 in Naples, Italy. He went to Rome to study architecture, where he met his friend and mentor Alighiero e Boetti and decided to focus on art instead.

Clemente is greatly influenced by mysticism, traditional art and the culture of India. His signature subjects are the human form, particularly women’s bodies; his own image; sexuality; myth and spirituality; non-Western symbols; and dreamlike visions. His paintings rife with erotic imagery of mutilated body parts, gesturing amorphous figures often depicted in rich colors, as well as a series of contorted self-portraits. His work conveys an uncanny and...

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