Sandro Chia was born in 1946 in Florence, where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1970 he settled in Rome and soon held his first exhibitions. In 1980 he worked in Germany for one year and began showing successfully in European countries. After staying for about twenty years in New York and Rome, he eventually settled in Montalcino, near Siena.

As the other members of the “Transavanguardia” art movement, after being in connection with the main Neo-avantgardes, Chia became estranged from conceptualism and turned to figurative painting, particularly towards typical elements of the historical Expressionism, with a strong and dynamic style, featuring the use of remarkably vivid and dense impasto. His large-sized works are often populated with heroic male figures, also represented in his bronze sculptures and frequently painted in bright colours. Some of his paintings and sculptures are included in important public collections displayed in Rome.

WORKS

 

TEXTS

 
 

EXHIBITIONS

1971

"L'ombra e il suo doppio", Galleria La Salita, Rome, Italy

1973

"Autoritratto(with Notargiacomo)", Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

1977

"10th Biennale de Paris”, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy

1978

"Intorno a sé", Galleria Giuliana De Crescenzo, Rome, Italy

1979

"XV Biennale, Museu de Arte, São Paulo, Brazil

1980

"Die Enthauptete Hand, 100 Zeichnungen aus Italien

(Chia, Clemente, Cucci, Paladino)", Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; touring to Wolfsburg and Groningen, Germany

1981

Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

"Sandro Chia", Sperone Westwater Fischer, New York, USA

Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich, Switerland

1982

"De la catastrophe", Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switerland

The James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

1983

"Tema Celeste", Museo Civico d'Arte Contemporanea, Gibellina, Italy

1984

"Sandro Chia Peintures 1976-1983", Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

Kunstverein für Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

1985

"SIx in Bronze", 1954 Gallery, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich, Switzerland

Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany

1986

Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, UK

Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

1987

Ascan Crone, Hamburg, Germany

Mario Diacono, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

1989

"Italian Art", Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

1990

"Sperone Westwater Group Exhibition", ARCO '90 Art Fair, Madrid, Spain

1991

"Festival of Salzburg", with Arnulf Rainer and Roy Lichtenstein, Salzburg, Germany

"Sandro Chia. Dipinti e titoli recenti", Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy

1992

"Transavanguardia: Chia, Clemente, Cucci, De Maria, Paladino: Works from 1977-90”, Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

"Works on Paper", Galerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria

1993

"Chia, Clemente, Paladino, Salvo: Works on Paper", Galerie Delta, Rotterdam, Holland

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

1994

"Sandro Chia: Small Bronze Sculptures", Grand Salon, New York, USA

1995

"Die Muse?", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg e Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris,France

"Sandro Chia", Academie de France, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy

1996

“Ein zeitgenossischer Dialog", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg e Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

"Sandro Chia: New Paintings", Sidney, Australia

1997

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

"Sandro Chia: opere scelte 1975-1996", Magazzini del Sale Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, Italy

"Sandro Chia: opere scelte 1975-1996", Galeria Civica, Siena , Italy

"Sandro Chia: opere scelte 1975-1996", M.O.M.A., Boca Raton, Florida, USA

1998

Pepperdine University, Weismann Foundation, Malibu, California, USA

2000

Museo di Ravenna, Italy

2001

"Sandro Chia", Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France

2002

“Transavanguardia”, Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy

2003

“Divano a Mare”, Spazio Bisazza, Milan, Italy

2004

“Sandro Chia”, Galleria d’Arte Contini, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

2005

"D'oro e d'argento", Pietrasanta, Italy

“Les Inventeurs de la Transavanguardia", Chateau de Villeneuve, Vence, France

2006

Gary Nader Fine Art, Miami, Florida, USA

2008

"Talking Paintings", Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Holland

"Saints and Sinners", Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, New York, USA

"Italics", curated by Francesco Bonami, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

2009

"I Guerrieri", Scuola dei Mercanti, Campo Madonna dell' Orto, Venice, Italy

2010

"Della Pittura, popolare e nobilissima Arte", GNAM, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

"The 80's Revisited - Sammlung Bishofberger", Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany

2012

"Enigma", Galleria Giampiero Biasutti, Torino, Italy

2014

"Works on paper", Steven Harvey Art Projects, New York, New York

2015

"Sandro Chia", Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

"Meraviglia", Sandro Chia and Enzo Cucchi, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland

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