Sandro Chia was born in 1946 in Florence, where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts. He currently lives in Montalcino, after having spent long periods in New York and Rome. Together with Enzo Cucchi and Francesco Clemente, he is one of the most important members of the Transavanguardia movement.
He is especially known for his big size canvas, painted with lively colors and dynamic features; heroic male figures are one of his recurring elements, also in his painted bronze sculptures. He held many solo exhibitions in the world most important venues, such as London Royal Academy, Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum in New York. In 2010 an extensive retrospective curated by Achille Bonito Oliva was held in Rome at Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea.
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