Was born in 1946 in Florence, Italy
Sandro Chia was born in Florence in 1946. He studied at the Istituto d’Arte and then at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, where he graduated in 1969. After graduation, he travelled extensively in India, Turkey and throughout Europe before settling down in Rome in 1970. At that time he began to exhibit in Rome and Europe, gradually moving away from a conceptual work to a more figurative style of painting. The following year he moved to New York, where he would remain for over two decades, with frequent trips back to Montalcino, near Siena in Italy. He is part of the Italian “Transavanguardia” movement, in which other well known artists take part, for example Clemente, Cucchi, De Maria, Paladino. Chia exhibits in many of the most important museums and galleries of the world. His works were showed at the Tate Modern in London, at the Venice Biennale, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, at the National Gallery in Berlin, at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence and at Palazzo Reale in Milan. Chia now lives and works in Montalcino, Italy, where he also follows the production of prestigious wines, in particular the world-famous Brunello wine that has won the ‘International Wine Challenge’ for the best red wine in 2010.