Born 1952 in Naples, Italy.
First gallery exhibition at Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone in 1975. Moves to New York around 1980, the year in which he is invited to show at the Venice Biennale. Associated with the three Cs (Chia, Clemente, Cucchi) and the the Italian Transavanguardia. In New York executes a number of collaborations with Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat. Numerous further collaborations with poets, among them Robert Creeley and Allen Ginsberg. Regularly shows in a number of leading commercial galleries, notably Gagosian in New York and Bischofberger in Zurich. In 1999 the Guggenheim Museum, New York, mounts a retrospective of his work - the catalogue remains the definitive publication on the artist.
Francesco Clemente lives and works in New York (as well as Amalfi, New Mexico, India and other places) with his wife and four children.
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