Francesco Clemente (b. 1952) has, since the 1980s, been a leading artist in the international revival of expressionist figure painting and sculpture. Clemente’s subjects — rooted in both the physical and the surreal, spiritual worlds — create a vast body of work that appeals to diverse audiences. This stunning book is published to accompany a major retrospective exhibition.
Clemente draws upon a pan-historic web of impulses, mediating among the myriad cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, Byzantium, Europe, India, and America. Stylistically his work recalls the Italian Renaissance, Indian miniatures, European Romanticism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art. Clemente’s widespread cultural interests and nomadic lifestyle — New York is his home but he spends part of each year in Italy, India, and the New Mexico desert — have deeply affected his art.