Francesco Clemente was born in March of 1952. He is considered to be a surrealist and an expressionist in style. He is self taught but did study architecture at the University of Rome in the 1970s. He has collaborated with artists like Warhol and Basquiat as well as some in India where he lived for a time in the 1980's. He is currently living with his family in New York City and is actively painting.
Oh how I love Clemente... the big eyes, exaggerated necks and bizarre postures not to mention the colors he uses...sigh. I hate to admit I discovered him in a very mainstream way... he was the behind the scenes artist for the film Great Expectations starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow.