Sam Francis was an important American absract expressionist painter. He was born in California in 1923 and began painting in 1944 after being diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis. He experimented with the dominant and emerging styles of the late 1940's, particularly Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism, eventually developing a personal style of abstraction focused on dripping, cell-like forms.
Francis is noted as one of the first post-World War II painters to develop an international reputation. His paintings are housed in major museum collections and institutions around the world.