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Audience at the Vatican

Audience at the Vatican

French painter Henri Clarino’s work belongs to the expressionist-figurative-realistic movement. Primarily a portrait painter of private clients and members of European royal families, Monsieur Clarino’s work is in many private and public collections in Europe including the Vatican; he has painted portraits of Pope John Paul II (1998), Pope John XXIII (2013) and Pope Francis (2014). His long career as a portrait painter is complemented by pastoral landscapes and Ikébana.

Honored with many awards, Monsieur Clarino is the co-founder of the Prix Germaine Fournier. A life member of the European Academy of Art, Monsieur Clarino is also a foreign correspondent of The Pontifical Academy of Fine Arts and Letters.  Established in 1542, the mission of the Pontifical Academy today is the presentation of exhibitions, conferences and publications by artists, poets and writers from every nation who have reached the apex of their art and are recognized for their humanistic, Christian values.

Born in Cluses, Haute Savoie, France, Monsieur Clarino is a member of the Martinelli family which dates back to the 16th century and boasts many painters and artisans throughout the past four centuries.  Imbued with a passion for art from an early age, he studied the classics and subsequently took up European law in Geneva; in the mid-1980s Clarino gave up his law career and devoted himself exclusively to painting.

Monsieur Clarino’s work has been exhibited in Geneva, Paris Toulon, Copenhagen, London, Annecy, Clermont en Savoie, Chamonix, Brussels and Rome and is in the collections of many prominent personalities, foundations and institutions across  Europe.