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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EXHIBITIONS

1971

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

1973

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

1977

Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy

1978

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

1981

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

Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich, Switerland

1982

The James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

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

Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich, Switzerland

Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany

1986

Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

1987

Mario Diacono, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

1991

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

1992

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

1993

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

1994

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

1995

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

1996

"Sandro Chia: New Paintings", Sidney, Australia

1997

"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

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

2008

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

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

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

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

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