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The project was developed from a clay prototype modelled by Chia with his fingers and nails - a flat, round surface, enclosed by a sculpted edge decorated with outlined human faces, which constitute a typical element of his art. The edge is slightly raised to make it easier to grip the Tray. This exquisite object-cum-sculpture is a functional product with all the emotional value of a work of art. Fingernail’s work, produced through a cold moulding process, is made from 18/10 stainless steel with a polished finish.
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. www.sandrochia.com