Born in Florence in 1946, in 1970 Chia moved to Rome where, after a trial period in the beehive of conceptual culture, he moves towards the dexterity of painting. In 1979 Achille Bonito Oliva integrated his work into the field of a new trend called Transavanguardia and invited him to exhibit at the shows curated by him to establish the movement internationally. Between 1981 and 1983 he participated in fundamental exhibitions which drew to the attention of the public the return of art as representation and the new neo-expressionistic quest. His paintings celebrate the sensuality of the body and the vitality of nature in the exuberance of figures increasingly monumental, which soon find a concrete solution in bronze. The dialogue with iconographic themes, motifs and techniques of art history, reworked with a completely personal easy-going irony, becomes more intense in his work.
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