Sandro Chia

Painter, Sculptor – Italian


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Sandro Chia was born in Florence in 1946. He has studied at the Istituto d’Arte and then at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence where he graduated in 1969. After graduation, he has travelled extensively in India, Turkey and throughout Europe before settling in Rome in 1970.

During the 1970’s he began to exhibit in Rome and Europe, gradually moving away from conceptual  works towards a more figurative style of painting. Between September 1980 and August 1981 he received a scholarship from the city of Monchengladbach in Germany where he moved to work for a year. The following year he moved  to New York City, where he will remain for over two decades, with frequent trips back to Montalcino, near Siena in Italy.

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 three times at the Venice Biennale. His work has been part of  internationally acclaimed museum group shows. 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) and Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna of Rome (GNAM) (2010).

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 which has won the 'International Wine Challenge' for best red wine in 2010.



Modern Art Museum M.O.M.A – New York (USA)

The Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago (USA)

Museum of Fine Arts – Boston (USA)

New Orleans Museum of Art – New Orleans (USA)

Boca Raton Museum of Art – Boca Raton, Florida (USA)

Palio Restaurant, Equitable Assurance Building – New York (USA)

Viterbi Museum, University of Southern California – Los Angeles (USA)

Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art – Kitakyushu (Japan)

Setagaya Art Museum – Setagaya (Japan)

Fukuyama Museum of Art – Fukuyama (Japan)

Utsunomiya Museum of Art – Utsunomiya (Japan)

The Museum of Art – Kochi (Japan)

The Tate Gallery – London (UK)

Stedelijk Museum – Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Museum Boymans-van Beuningen – Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Groninger Museum – Groningen(Netherlands)

Neue Nationalgalerie – Berlin (Germany)

Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg – Monchengladbach (Germany)

Kunsthalle der Stadt Bielefeld – Bielefeld (Germany)

Rathausplatz (City Town Hall Square) – Bielfeld (Germany)

Offentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel Kunstmuseum – Basel (Switzerland)

FAE Foundation, Musee d’Art Contemporain – Lausanne (Switzerland)

Tel Aviv Museum of Art – Tel Aviv (Israel)

Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea – Turin (Italy)

MART, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto – Rovereto(Italy)

Senato della Repubblica Italiana, Palazzo Madama, Roma – Rome (Italy)

Provincia di Roma, Palazzo Valentini, Roma – Rome (Italy)

Ministero degli Affari Esteri, Roma – Rome (Italy)

Circolo del Ministero degli Affari Esteri, Roma – Rome (Italy)

Metropolitana di Napoli, Stazione Materdei – Napoli (Italy)

Certosa di S. Lorenzo a Padula – Padula (Italy)



”The Idleness of Sisyphus” – MOMA, New York (USA)
”The Waterbearer” – The Tate Gallery, London (UK)
“Nocturnal Figures with Lamp” – Setagaya Art Museum (Japan)
”Pergola” – Fukuyama Museum of Art (Japan)
”Father and Son” – Fukuyama Museum of Art (Japan)
“Single Winged Angel with Heart” – The Museum of Art, Kochi (Japan)
”Rabbit For Dinner” – Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
”E’ Bello per l’Artificiere Saltarecon i Propri Fuochi” – Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
“Corageous Boys on Raft” – Marx Collection, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (Germany)
“Dionysus’ Kitchen” – Marx Collection, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (Germany)
”Il Volto Scandaloso” – Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld (Germany)
“Passione per l’Arte” bronze sculpture in Rathausplatz square – Bielefeld (Germany)
“Peace Table” bronze sculpture group – Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (Israel)
“Sinfonia Incompiuta” – Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli (Italy)
“Buon Governo” e “Al Servizio della Cosa Pubblica” – Senato della Repubblica, Palazzo Madama, Roma (Italy)
”Single Winged Angel” – Biblioteca del Senato della Repubblica, Piazza della Minerva, Roma (Italy)
“Enea” ed “Europa” sculture in bronzo – Provincia di Roma, Palazzo Valentini, Roma (Italy)
“Volti d’Italia” mosaico – Ministero degli Affari Esteri, Roma (Italy)