(Italian, b. 1946)
Sandro Chia is an Italian artist born in Florence, Italy in 1946. He is a principal member and contributor to the 1970’s and 80’s Italian Neo-Expressionist movement, or Transavanguardia. His works have been exhibited at the Biennale of Paris, San Paolo, and three different Venice Biennales. It is in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions internationally, including but not limited to New York’s Museum of Modern Art, London’s Tate, and Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum.
Chia attended the Instituto d’Arte di Firenze and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. By 1970, Chia had settled in Rome and started to exhibit his work. In 1981, he moved to New York where he lived for the next 20 years. His paintings celebrate man’s relationship with sensuality, life, and nature, taking on a larger-than-life vivacity through expressive strokes and bold colours. Today, Chia lives in both Miami and Rome, while also overseeing production of his Castello Romitorio winery.
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