Rodriguez San Clemente, Francisco

A graduate of the fine arts academy in Madrid, this exceptional Spanish artist was greatly influenced by his native culture and in particular the gypsy tradition. He would often travel with the caravans, a natural longing he’d had since childhood, crossing Europe and capturing in his sketches and drawings the essence and magic of the rich life which surrounded him.

During this time, he learned much about music and dance, which further fueled the passion of his painting. His works did not only celebrate individuals and their surroundings but transmuted the mystic tales of the passion and soul, which was the nature of the gypsy. In doing so, he embraces and invites the viewer to take part in the celebration and wonder of life.

The Homelovers book of Fine Print

Upon returning to Spain, he faced adversity. Unable to find sufficient encouragement from the salons and exhibitions in his own country, he made the decision in his mid-twenties to go to Paris to seek his fame and fortune. There among other artists he felt greater freedom and continued to follow his love of figure painting. He has an excellent sense of color, which gives strength to his vigorous style of drawing. Most of his pictures portray the wild rhythm of the flamenco dances or conjure up the excitement of the bullfight. In every subject, he illustrates pulsating life.

Since the exhibitions of his paintings in the salons of Paris and around Europe, he has become known as the pictorial storyteller of his heritage. His works have been published in the distinguished art catalogs of Frost & Reed Limited, London, England. His works have enriched several public and private collections throughout the world.

Testimonials

Since 1986, I have known and worked with Solomon cohen both on a personal and professional basis. During these years, I have ben his mentor, imparting my knowledge and expertise of the artists Antonio Cortès, Edoaurd Cortès, Laloue, dyf and Loir. As a result, I am completely confident of Solomon's ability in executing an accurate authentification of their work.

David Klein
Klein Art Gallery