Italian painter, born in Florence, where he studied at the Academy. In the early 1970s he experimented with *Conceptual and *Performance art, but h… [Read biography »]
Sandro Chia paints monumental figures in abstracted landscapes, and shares stylistic concerns with the Cubists, Futurists and Modern Masters like Cezanne.
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Sandro Chia Biography
Italian painter, born in Florence, where he studied at the Academy. In the early 1970s he experimented with *Conceptual and *Performance art, but he returned to painting in 1975 and by the end of the decade he had adopted the style with which he has become one of the best-known Italian painters of his generation, characteristically featuring muscle-bound figures in 122 pseudo-heroic situations parodying the Old Masters (Courageous Boys at Work, NG of Modem Art, Edinburgh, 1981). Robert *Hughes describes his figures as 'ladylike coal-heavers expelling wind while floating in postures vaguely derived from classical statuary'. Chia has also made sculpture in a similar vein.
Chilvers, Ian, Oxford Dictionary of 20th Century Art, Oxford University Press, 1998.