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Sandro Chia was one of the foremost artists during the resurgent interest in painting in the 1980s. He established himself as a major artist of the movement in Italian figurative painting known as the Transavanguardia, a Neo-Expressionist movement that sought to re-emphasize color and representation in reaction to the Conceptual Art of the times. His works were exhibited in many of the most important museums and galleries of the world, and featured in almost every major museum exhibition benchmarking that era including Zeitgeist in 1982. In a career spanning over four decades, some of the exhibition milestones include the Biennale of Paris, San Paolo and three different iterations of the Venice Biennale.

In his expressive paintings, Chia celebrates man’s sensuality, vitality and relationship with nature. Assimilating culture and imagery from the troves of art history, particularly the Italian Renaissance and Futurism, he depicts narratives of eroticism, melancholy and death, often abound with historical cameos and references. Chia’s main protagonists are larger-than-life, heroic male figures imbued with an enigmatic sense of mission, perhaps manifestations of his own identity. He paints with vigorous brushstrokes of vibrant color that energizes the entire surface.

His new paintings, one sees the result of an accomplished hand at work for 45 years, the sobriety of an artist in his “late phase.” Pictorially, they still portray heroic-like men and women against a sumptuous landscape. But here now is work more contemplative: life and the inevitability of death.

Born in Florence, Italy, in 1946, Sandro Chia studied at the Istituto d’Arte and then at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence where he graduated in 1969. Since the 1980s, he has exhibited widely throughout Europe and the United States, especially in New York City where he lived and worked until the early 2000s. Today, Chia continues to work between his studios in Miami and Rome, and also follows the production of a prestigious line of award-winning wines at his Castello Romitorio wine-making estate in Montalcino.

His work is included in prestigious public and private collections around the globe, including the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany and Tate, London, England. Important solo exhibitions include: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1983), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1984), Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin (1984), Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1992), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1984), Mumok, Vienna (1989), Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (1989), Galleria Civica D’Arte Contemporanea, Trento (1990), Villa Medici, Rome (1995), Palazzo Reale, Milan (1997), Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence (2002), Duomo of St. Agostino, Pietrasanta (2005), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague (2008), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2010), Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy (2011). He is represented in New York by Marc Straus Gallery.

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Selected Works
2017
Oil on Canvas
63 x 52 inches (160 x 130 cm)
 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Walking The Geese

2017
Oil on Canvas
63 x 52 inches (160 x 130 cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
63 x 51 inches (160 x 130cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Hippolyte, Where Is Delphine?

2017
Oil on Canvas
63 x 51 inches (160 x 130cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
63.78 x 51.18 inches
162 x 130cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Prisoner's Dream

2017
Oil on Canvas
63.78 x 51.18 inches
162 x 130cm

2017
Oil on Canvas
78.74 x 63 inches
200 x 160cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Wayfarer and Painter

2017
Oil on Canvas
78.74 x 63 inches
200 x 160cm

2017
Oil on Canvas
40.16 x 40.16 inches
102 x 102cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Walking With His Genius

2017
Oil on Canvas
40.16 x 40.16 inches
102 x 102cm

2017
Oil on Canvas
39.37 x 39.37 inches
100 x 100cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Looking At

2017
Oil on Canvas
39.37 x 39.37 inches
100 x 100cm

2017
Oil on Canvas
63.78 x 51.18 inches
162 x 130cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Wayfarer with His Cane (Dog In Italian)

2017
Oil on Canvas
63.78 x 51.18 inches
162 x 130cm

2017
Oil on Canvas
63.78 x 51.18 inches
162 x 130cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Wayfarer with Penguins and Seals

2017
Oil on Canvas
63.78 x 51.18 inches
162 x 130cm

2017
Oil on Canvas
59 inches diameter
150cm Diameter -  Marc Straus Gallery
Tondo of Faces

2017
Oil on Canvas
59 inches diameter
150cm Diameter

2017
Oil on Canvas
78.74 x 63 inches
200 x 160cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Young Amazon

2017
Oil on Canvas
78.74 x 63 inches
200 x 160cm

2017
Oil on Canvas
63.78 x 51.18 inches
162 x 130cm
 -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Wayfarer (Awakening Call)

2017
Oil on Canvas
63.78 x 51.18 inches
162 x 130cm

2014
Oil on Canvas
43 x 43 inches 
110 x 110 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Volti

2014
Oil on Canvas
43 x 43 inches
110 x 110 cm

2014
Oil on Canvas
27.5 x 23.5 inches
70 x 60 cm
 -  Marc Straus Gallery
In Posa

2014
Oil on Canvas
27.5 x 23.5 inches
70 x 60 cm

1981
Oil on canvas, two panels
122 x 152 inches
310 x 386 cm
Permanent collection of MoMA, New York
 -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Idleness of Sisyphus

1981
Oil on canvas, two panels
122 x 152 inches
310 x 386 cm
Permanent collection of MoMA, New York

1981
Oil paint and pastel on canvas
67 x 81 inches
170 x 206.5 cm
Permanent Collection of the Tate, UK -  Marc Straus Gallery
Water Bearer

1981
Oil paint and pastel on canvas
67 x 81 inches
170 x 206.5 cm
Permanent Collection of the Tate, UK

2000
Bronze
78.75 x 33 x 30 in
200 x 83.8 x 76.2 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Single-Winged Angel

2000
Bronze
78.75 x 33 x 30 in
200 x 83.8 x 76.2 cm

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