Francesco Ruspoli

about the artist
personae & phantasmagoric art
curriculum vitae
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My stylistic research started with a strong fascination for the Surrealistic movement with Dali and de Chirico followed, by a passional move towards Matisse and Picasso.

But I needed something else to express my true feelings. Therefore I have discovered when I left France for England. a new way. with the Scottish School of expressionism and Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, De Kooning, Kokoschka.

This revelation has been a decisive turn in my creativity from a figurative approach. I have slowly turned towards abstraction still keeping a figurative touch in my paintings to come back like in a loop to figuration and the human shape.

In fact, I wanted to mix abstraction to figuration and vice versa supported by a powerful use of colours.

My visual gesture is informal and spontaneous at the same time impulsive and controlled. I would like to attach the constructive part produced by the use of strong colours to the illusion of depth which diminishes the visual plane of a picture, to create its own autonomy. Then everything is just pure feelings and sensation which I hope transmit to the viewer this indefinable accomplishment.

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about the artist

Born in 1958 from a British mother and a Belgium father with an Italian background Francesco started out by translating his subconscious onto a blank canvas. Following an impressive start at the Bastion St Andre in Antibes, France he went on to present his work in Salons and galleries at Cannes, Deauville, Lyon, Paris, London, Barcelona, Glasgow, New York and many other international cities. He has been recipient of a number of important prizes such as the Eugene Fromentin Award.

In 1986 Francesco was chosen to submit two works for the highly competitive AUTOMN SALON at the Grand Palais in Paris from which he was contacted by the Atlante gallery from France where he was offered a two years contract of representation.

During this time Francesco was approached by the Phoenix gallery in Lavenham, England and move then to the Heifer gallery in Highbury, London for some years.. He went on to the Gagliardi gallery in Chelsea, London where he is still represented.
Inspired by new surroundings Francesco moved towards a new style of working stimulated by the discovery of artists such as Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff and the Scottish School of Art.

His work frequently places the human figure and nature in an abstract environment which through a vivid use of colour might provoke a range of responses and feelings in the viewer.

Francesco Ruspoli’s work can be found in private collections in London, Paris, New York, Tel-Aviv, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Glasgow, Deauville, Cannes, Nice, Lille, Lyon.

“Art is about sharing visual ideas. My canvas may not have a front or a back cover but I try with each study, each performance to represent a work to be read rather than stared at. If through my work as an artist I am able to stimulate thoughts and feelings then I have achieved my goal.”

personae & phantasmagoric art

Inspired by archetypal images of the human drawn from prehistoric and ancient cultures, I have developed a style I have named ‘Phantasmagoric Art’. This uses archetypal imagery to reflect modern consciousness.

Personae aims to represent the phantasms, dreams and phobias of adult life that have their unconscious roots in childhood. These images confront the viewer with the internal worlds of the personae projected through colour and form onto external reality.

curriculum vitae

Gagliardi Gallery
509 Kings Road, London SW10 0TX, England
Tel: +44(0) 7352 3663


  • 2008, Gold Medal, Beijing Olympic Fine Art
  • 1998, Knight of the Art, Academy Greco-Marino
  • 1995, MA Set & Costume Design Central, St Martin, England
  • 1994, Academician, Academy Greco-Marino
  • 1991, Bronze Medal, Mairie17eArrond Paris
  • 1988, Gold Medal, Institute French Culture
  • 1987, Eugene Fromentin, Federation Latin, France
  • 1986, Silver Medal, Institute French Culture
  • 1986, Golden Painting of the Year, Institute French Culture
  • 1985, Bronze Medal, Biennial Villeneuve, France
  • 1985, Silver Medal, Grand Prix Rome, Italy
  • Art in Vogue Book, England
  • Gauguin Museum, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • Who’s Who in Art Book, England
  • The Oxford Blue Book, England
  • The Cambridge Blue Book, England
  • International Museum Dell’Etichetta of Cupramontana, Italy
  • Great Minds of the 21st Century Book, USA
  • Dictionary of International Biography, IBC, England
  • Medial 1 Art Biennial 2005 Book, England
  • Famous 100 Contemporary Artists Book, England
  • Artist Contact Book, England
  • Arte Chianciano Museum, Terme, Italy
  • Art Unlimited Book, England
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