The very first time when i saw work by the Italian CHia was when he was presented together with contemporary artist from Italy presented at the Stedelijk Museum and i decided at that moment that fro me personally i liked the works by Chia the best. Not cucchi, not Clemente and not Palladino i liked most but the semi bombastic paintings by Chia i liked most. They have a classical quality, but look very contemporary. Bright colors and filled with action his paintings still fascinate me.
Sandro Chia is an Italian painter and sculptor. A native of Florence, he was a key member of the Italian Transavanguardia movement, along with fellow countrymen Francesco Clemente, Mimmo Paladino, Nicola De Maria, and Enzo Cucchi. The movement was at its peak during the 1980s and was part of a wider movement of Neo-Expressionist painters around the world.
http://www.ftn-books.com has some nice Chia titles available.