Sandro Chia was born in 1946 in Florence, Italy and was a key artist within the Italian Transavanguardia movement, a part of the wider reaching Neo-Expressionist movement. Chia graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in his home city of Florence in 1969. After his graduation, he moved to Rome and began to exhibit his work. Chia described his work as “mythical Conceptual Art.” His work is often brilliantly colored, bearing the resemblance of mythical compositions and symbolism through expressive mark-making. Often, his work possesses a faint insight into the societal and political dialogues of the time while also, in swirling, rhythmic brushstrokes acknowledges themes of death, eroticism and despair.