Francisco Rodriguez San
Francisco Rodriquez San Clement
graduated from Academia de Bellas Aretes de Madrid.
He was influenced by his native culture and in particular the gypsy
tradition. He would open travel with the caravans, a natural dream he had
since childhood, crossing Europe and capturing in his sketches 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
work did not only celebrate individuals and their surroundings but
transmuted the mystic tales of the passion and soul, which was the nature of
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.
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.