Born in 1946, Sandro Chia is an Italian painter and sculptor, and also a member of the postmodern movement ‘Transavantgarde’ which was formed by a group of Neo-Expressionist artists in the mid-1970s. In 1970 he moved to Rome where he developed his figurative, expressionistic formal style. After a residency in Germany, he went to New York and held his first U.S. exhibition at the Sperone Westwater Gallery. Chia’s pictorial language is colourful and eclectic, and explores earlier art movements. His motifs stem from antique and Christian mythologies, and are sometimes understood as a humorous commentary on religious writings. Chia took part in documenta 7 in Kassel in 1980 and subsequently exhibited his work throughout Europe. Most recently, his work has been shown at Tate Modern in London and at the Venice Biennale. Chia currently lives in Miami, Rome, and Montalcino.