Sandro Chia was born in Florence the 20th of April 1946. He studies at the Art Institute and then enters the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence taking his diploma in 1969. He visits India, Turkey and great part of Europe before deciding to stay in Rome in 1970. During the seventies he develops his work in the conceptual area exhibiting many times in Italy and Europe. In 1981-82 he joins in the Transavant-guard movement and he moves to New York because of his increasing international commitments. He spends the rest of the eighties living and working between New York and Ronciglione.