sandro chia

Born in Florence, Italy in 1946.After his studies at the Istituto d'Arte and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, he travels throughout Europe and Asia. In 1970 he returns to Rome, where in 1971, his first one-man show takes place; this marks the beginning of one of the most brilliant careers in Italian contemporary art with shows, retrospectives and works in the permanent collections of museums and galleries around the world. 

In 1982 he moves to New York, where he resides for the next 20 years. Among his most significant solo shows are: Royal Academy of London (1981); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Guggenheim, New York (1983); Metropolitan Museum, New York (1984); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1984, 1992); then Paris (1984), Dusseldorf (1984), Antwerp and Mexico City (1989); Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence (1991); Karlsruhe (1992) and Palm Springs (1993); Villa Medici in Rome (1995); Palazzo Reale, Milan (1997), Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida (1997); Galleria Civica, Trento (2000); Palazzo Pitti and Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence (2002); and Duomo di S. Agostino, Pietrasanta (2005). In 2010 a major retrospective at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome curated by Achille Bonito Oliva. Recently (2011-2012) he participated in the Transavanguardia show at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, also curated by Bonito Oliva; various solo shows in Bologna, Milan, Modena, and in numerous group shows all over Italy. In 2014 he exhibited in New York at the Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects Gallery and in Dublin at the Hillsboro Fine Art Gallery.

He divides his time between homes in Miami, Rome and Montalcino where he also produces prize-winning wines under the 'Castello Romitorio' label, sought after and sold around the world.