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"The most important thing in a painting is the way it is painted and not the subject that in comparison is irrelevant ."


(Sandro Chia)



Alessandro Coticchia, better known as Sandro Chia (Florence, 20 April 1946), is an Italian artist, painter and sculptor.
He is one of the most important members of the Italian Transavanguardia movement (a movement known in Europe also under the name of Neo-Expressionism), together with Francesco Clemente, Mimmo Paladino, Nicola De Maria and Enzo Cucchi. The movement founded by the critic Achille Bonito Oliva had its peak in the eighties, and then gradually decline.

Sandro Chia has a very heterogeneous artistic formation behind him. In 1969 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, [1] where he came into contact with the main European neo-avant-garde and later also in the United States; he moved to Rome for a decade and then to New York for about twenty years. At the end of the seventies, after various experiences of travel in Asia and Europe, he will convert to the figurativism and will naturally and automatically insert himself at the Transavanguardia.

He currently lives and works dividing between New York and Montalcino near Siena. He has exhibited at the Paris Biennial, at the Biennale di San Paolo and in several editions of the Venice Biennale.