Born in San Mateo, California on 25th June.

Begins painting whilst recovering in hospital from a spinal injury obtained in a plane crash while serving in the US Army Air Corps.

Receives a B.A. in Art from University of California, Berkeley

Completes his M.A. at the University of California, Berkeley

Lives and works in Paris with trips to Europe, Mexico, Japan, and USA.

Moves to New York and begins work on Chase Manhattan Bank Mural.

Lives in Paris, then in Bern during another period of hospitalization.

Moves back to California and sets up a permanent home in Santa Monica.

Receives an Honorary Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Establishes ‘The Litho Shop’ in Santa Monica to print and publish his own limited edition prints.

Lives and works primarily in Tokyo.

Publication of the monograph 'Sam Francis' by Peter Selz, published by Harry N. Abrams.

Elected to the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Appointed Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, by the French Ministry of Culture.

Establishes a larger painting studio in San Leandro, California where he paints larger murals, including one for the San Francisco Airport.

Establishes Lapis Press to publish artists’ books.

Completion of mural for the Wattis Rotunda in the San Francisco Museum of Art, California.

Completion of ceiling mural for the Opera National, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, Belgium.

Founds the Sam Francis Medical Research Center to support the research of infectious and environmental diseases.

Publication of The Prints of Sam Francis: A Catalogue Raisonné, by Connie Lembark, published by Hudson Hills Press.


Receives the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of California, Berkeley, who also create the Sam Francis Scholarship in his honour.
Dies 4 November in Santa Monica, California.


Galerie Nina Dausset, Paris
Galerie du Dragon, Paris


Galerie Rive Droite, Paris


Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
Galerie Rive Droite, Paris

Gimpel Fils, London

Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California; travels to San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle


Kunsthalle Bern; travels to Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Documenta III, Kassel
Minami Gallery, Tokyo

Galerie Kornfeld and Klipstein, Bern
Galerie Benador, Zurich


‘Sky painting’ performance over Tokyo Bay, Japan


Retrospective at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; travels to University Art Museum, Berkeley; San Francisco Museum of Art
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
‘Snow painting’ performance in Naibara, Japan

Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Paris
Kunsthalle, Basel
Minami Gallery, Tokyo

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Emmerich Gallery, New York
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles
Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles

Retrospective at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; travels to Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, Texas; Oakland Museum of Art, California
Stanford University Museum of Art, California

Idemitsu Art Museum, Tokyo
Minami Gallery, Tokyo


André Emmerich Gallery, New York
Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles
Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
Galerie Kornfeld and Klipstein, Bern
Smith-Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, California

Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston


L'Abbaye de Sénanque, Centre International de Création Artistique, Gordes, France
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
James Corcoran Gallery, New York

André Emmerich Gallery, New York
Ace Gallery, Los Angeles


Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
Foundation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France
Studio Marconi, Milan
Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo

Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo

Toyama Museum, Toyama, Japan; travels to The Museum of Modern Art, Seibu Takanawa, Karuizawa; The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga; Ohara Museum of Art, Murashiki; Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

Galerie Delaive, Amsterdam
Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
Associated American Artists, New York
Ogawa Art Foundation, Tokyo

Galerie Kornfeld, Bern
Gagosian Gallery, New York
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles
Centre Regional d'Art Contemporain Midi-Pyrenees, Toulouse-Labege, France

Museum van der Togt, Amsterdam


Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Venice, California
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
Long Fine Art, New York
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo


'The Last Paintings of Sam Francis', Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Hammer Museum, University of California - Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Kunstverein Ludwigsberg, Frankfurt
Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris

'Sam Francis: The Archetypal Image', Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
Musée d'Arte, Mendrisio, Switzerland

Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona
Galerie Delaive, Amsterdam
Thomas Segal Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
Galleria d'Arte il Gabbiano, Rome, Italy

'Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990', Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; travels to The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; Konthall Malmö, Sweden; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Galleria Communale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri
Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Osaka and Tokyo

Galerie Guy Pieters, Saint-Paul de Vence, France
Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Galerie Boisserée, Cologne
Robert Sandelson, London
Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York
Galerie Delaive, Amsterdam
American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich

Kunstmuseum, Bern
Galerie Flintholm, Verster Skerninge, Denmark
Robert Green Gallery, Mill Valley, California
Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles
Galleria San Carlo, Milan 

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles
Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, Germany 

L&M Arts, New York

Galerie Proarta, Zurich
Helly Nahmad Gallery, New York
Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia

Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo
Galerie Kornfeld, Bern
Galerie Delaive, Amsterdam
Jonathan Novak Contemporary, Los Angeles
Martin Lawrence Galleries, New York
Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

Retrospective at Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena; travels to Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles 
Pasadena Museum of Art
Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York
Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo
Centre Pompidou, Paris

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, North Carolina
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
Ma Galerie, Paris
Gallery Delaive, Art New York
Norton Simon Museum, Passadena



Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Centre Pompidou-Musee National d'Art Moderne. Paris, France
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas
Danubiana - Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia
Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (De Young/Palace of the Legion of Honor), San Francisco, California
Fondation Beyeler Museum, Basel, Switzerland
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California
Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Japan
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum, Hannover, Germany
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Musee d' Art Moderne de la Villa de Paris, Paris
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, South Korea
Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Museum van der Togt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Smithsonian Institution of American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The New Tate Gallery, London
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut