Sam Francis was an American abstract artist, born on June 25, 1923, in San Mateo, California, and passed away on November 4, 1994, in Santa Monica, California. He is considered one of the leading artists of the abstract expressionist movement.

Francis studied art at the University of California – Berkeley and continued his education at various art academies in San Francisco and Paris. He was strongly influenced by European avant-garde artists, particularly the works of the French painter Henri Matisse.

Francis is known for his colorful, lyrical abstract paintings, often characterized by large, flat areas of color and flowing, organic forms. His work exhibits a strong expressive quality and a sense of movement and spontaneity.

An important feature of Francis’ work is his use of negative space, where the unpainted areas of the canvas play an equally significant role as the painted areas. This creates a sense of lightness and transparency in his compositions.

Throughout his career, Francis experimented with various media, including painting, drawing, lithography, and screen printing. He was also a pioneer in the use of acrylic paint and was one of the first artists to use this paint extensively.

Sam Francis’ work can be found in numerous museums and art collections around the world, and his influence on abstract art continues to live on as one of the most prominent contributions to 20th-century art history.