Sandro Chia was among the foremost painters to emerge in the early 80’s. He was a part of the Neo-Expressionist movement that sought to re-emphasize color and figurative representation. In an illustrious career spanning over four decades, some of his milestones include the Biennale of Paris, San Paolo and three iterations of the Venice Biennale. He is represented in New York by Marc Straus.
Each of the new paintings gathered in this show presents a single heroic protagonist in a natural landscape. Caught in mid-walk, he strikes a monumental contrapposto. Animals have become unlikely companions – wild Horses painted deftly with tonal accents or ducks rendered in pastel colors – with an enigmatic sense of drama, we experience the great theatre played out in oil on canvas. The protagonist is a Wanderer, a Time-traveler, who belongs nowhere and everywhere. In a sole Tondo painting filled with phantasmal faces, Chia turns Galileo’s revolutionary telescope inward, peering introspectively. In a large bronze sculpture of a one-winged Angel cradling his golden heart, we crave to know much more.