Francesco Clemente developed his artistic career between Rome, India and the United States. He now lives and works in New York. From the end of the Seventies Clemente has been a protagonist of the Transavanguardia movement (theorized by Achille Bonito Oliva), maturing an increasingly-more solitary and innovative artistic profile which boosted his fame and international success. During his career Clemente has traversed, developed, abandoned and then returned to different themes, obsessions, techniques and formats at irregular intervals
with the incoherent self-confidence of an interior monologue, with the
unpredictable rhythm of the conscience of the individual at the apex and origin of his work. Following the October 2003 retrospective exhibition in the National Museum, which marked Clemente’s return to Naples where he was born and where he had never showed any of his works, in four months of daily work the artist produced a fresco of monumental proportions and a ceramic floor in two rooms of MADRE building site, illustrating the places of his childhood and ancient symbols of Naples.
[...] sitting in Madras at the Theosophical Society for several years, I was reading Indian authors who were familiar with the writings of Emerson, of Thoreau. So in India ...
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