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 Sandro Chia  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: New York / Italy      Known for: abstract figure sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

The following was written and compiled by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California:

Sandro Chia was born in Florence, Italy on April 20, 1946.  He first studied at the Instituto d'Arte; then enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, earning his diploma in 1969. He traveled extensively in India, Turkey and throughout Europe before settling in Rome in 1970.  He continued to work in the conceptual field, exhibiting many times in Rome and in Europe during the 1970s.  Having obtained a scholarship from the city of Monchengladbach in Germany, he worked there from September 1980 until August 1981 and then moved to New York from 1981 through 1982.

Chia spends about six months every year in the United States and six months at his Tuscan castle in Montalcino, a 13th century fortress that he remodeled.  The house which he called Castello Romitorio, had once been used as a convent, and a jail.  He has two sons, Filippo and Antonio. 

Chia was known for his association with the "transavantgarde" movement.  The premise of the movement was the interest in reviving the art of the past to form a foundations for present art forms.  It gave them more freedom to take art in new directions while taking imagery from the past.  Other artists who employed these methods were Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Nicole de Maria and Mimmo Paladino.  In his work, fiery elements express the infinite resources of an active and inspired imagination. Chia dazzles viewers with imagery derived from the powerful examples of his predecessors, in particular, Giorgio de Chirico and Marc Chagall.

Sources include:
Who's Who in American Art, 1993-94
Architectural Digest
From the internet, www.sandrochia.com/biography


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Sandro Chia, an artist active in the 1980s, was known for his association with the "transavantgarde" movement. The premise of the movement was the interest in reviving the art of the past to form a foundation for present art forms. They strayed from the modernist idea of art of having to follow a linear pattern toward one point. This gave them more freedom to take art in new directions while taking imagery from the past.

The art of this movement was often figurative created using oils, fresco and cast bronze. Other artists who employed these methods were Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Nicola de Maria and Mimmo Paladino. Chia used a vivid palette and energetic brushstrokes to depict larger than life figures with an almost humorous quality to them.

Chia was raised in Florence, Italy where he received his training at the Instituto dArte. His work has often been compared to Italian Mannerist painting, specifically the art of Alberto Savinio and Giorgio de Chirico.



Biography from RoGallery.com:
Born in Florence, Italy on 20th April 1946, Sandro Chia studied at the Istituto d’Arte and then at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, gaining his diploma in 1969.  After graduating, he traveled extensively in India, Turkey and throughout Europe before settling in Rome in 1970.

During the 1970’s he exhibited many times in Rome and Europe, gradually transitioning away from the conceptual field of work toward a more figurative style of painting.  Between September 1980 and August 1981, he obtained a scholarship from the city of Monchengladbach in Germany where he moved to work for a year. The following year he was in New York, where he remained for over two decades, with frequent trips back to Ronciglione first and then Montalcino subsequently.

He has been part of the Italian “Transavanguardia” movement, exhibiting in many of the most important museums and galleries of the world.  He has exhibited at the Biennale of Paris and San Paolo and numerous times at the Venice Biennale.  His work has been part of various prestigious group shows in some of the most important museums of the world.

Amongst his most important personal shows are exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam (1983), the Metropolitan Museum of New York (1984), the National Galerie of Berlin (1984, 1992), the Museum of Modern Art of Paris (1984); the museums of Dusseldorf (1984), Antwerp (1989), Mexico City (1989); Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence (1991); the museums of Karlsruhe (1992), Palm Springs (1993), Villa Medici in Rome (1995); Palazzo Reale in Milan (1997), the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida (1997), the Galleria Civica of Siena (1997), the Galleria Civica in Trento (2000), the Museo d’Arte of Ravenna (2000); Palazzo Pitti and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale of Florence (2002); and most recently the Duomo of St. Agostino in Pietrasanta (2005).

In 2003, the Italian State acquired three important works of his for the permanent collection of the Italian Senate at Palazzo Madama, and in 2005 two monumental sculptures were acquired by the Province of Rome and placed in front of its headquarters in Via IV Novembre, Rome.

Today he lives between Miami, Rome and his Castello Romitorio wine-making estate in Montalcino, where he also follows the production of prestigious wines, amongst which the world-famous Brunello wine.

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