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Italian painter and sculptor Sandro Chia joins Marc Straus
Sandro Chia was one of the foremost artists during the resurgent interest in painting in the 1980s.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marc Straus is pleased to announced that Sandro Chia has joined the gallery, where an exhibition of new work will open in February 2017. This will be the artist’s first solo show in New York City in nearly a decade.

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 almost five 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. Exploring similar imagery not only in drawings and prints, Chia also casts bronze sculptures that are sometimes painted with vivid colors.

Marc Straus, Founder and Owner of the Lower East Side gallery, commented: ‘Sandro Chia inaugurates our sixth year on Grand Street, also marking his return to the New York art world. He is one of the renowned living painters, represented in past years by Leo Castelli and Sperone, among others. For almost five decades of unwavering commitment, his works have always been daringly beautiful and passionate. Now 35 years since I saw his first exhibition in New York, he brings new works of sublime maturity. Our gallery began with international artists mostly new to the US market. Chia now joins Hermann Nitsch on our roster as a major voice central to the history of contemporary art.’

Tim Hawkinson, Partner and Gallery Director, adds: ‘I can't imagine a better time than now to speak for Sandro Chia's art. The new paintings we have had the privilege of seeing in his studio show a lifetime of experience; the very specific constellation of life events over the decades are all in there. With an evident sense of confidence and freedom, these works are timely for their lack of cynicism – they have an infectious optimism for the past, the present and the future.’

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.

Sandro Chia has exhibited widely including three different iterations of the Venice Biennale, as well as the Biennale of Paris and San Paolo. 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).

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