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"Obsession" january - march 2015,
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in Italy in 1952, he lives and works in the USA.

Francesco Clemente adopts for his paintings a vast variety of supports and media, such as oil paint, watercolor, pastel, gouache, pencil and ink. His subjects of preference are the human body, particularly that of women, self-portraits, sexuality, myth and spirituality, non-Western symbols, and dreamlike visions. The eclecticism and highly personal symbolism in his work is evidence of an itinerant life spent mostly between three countries: India, USA, and Italy. Greatly influenced by such thinkers as Gregory Bateson, William Blake, Allen Ginsberg, and Jiddu Krishnamurti, Clemente combines in his works both Western and Eastern motifs and philosophy. He has also often engaged in collaborations with other artists and craftsmen.

 

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