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Born in Naples, Italy, Neo-Expressionist artist, Francesco Clemente, found inspiration from his many international travels and exposure to numerous religions. Clemente was delving into his artistic career when Arte Povera and Conceptual Art were most popular and even accompanied fellow Italian and famed Arte Povera artist, Alighiero Boetti, on a trip to Afghanistan. However, Clemente's was particularly influenced by non-Western cultures, especially India and Hinduism, and so he chose to pursue his own unique artistic genre. During the 1970s he found his niche in figural art and portrayed the human figure in an intimate, spiritual way. While his inclusion in the 1980 Venice Biennale solidified him as a key artist in the “return to figuration,” Clemente prefers not to be categorized in one genre, and explores different mediums (film, books, murals, sculptures, etc.) and subject matter (identity, sexuality, portraiture, mythology, etc.). This 1989 work exemplifies the artist’s ability to intimately depict a human with spiritual and ethereal elements throughout the work.
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. Relocating to New York in 1981, Clemente began collaborating with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Allen Ginsberg. Clemente continues to live and work in New York, NY. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others.