Art Term

Transavanguardia

Italian neo-expressionist group formed in the late 1970s

Sandro Chia, ‘Water Bearer’ 1981
Sandro Chia
Water Bearer 1981
Tate
© Sandro Chia/VAGA, New York and DACS, London 2017
Mimmo Paladino, ‘Menacing Caves’ 1982
Mimmo Paladino
Menacing Caves 1982
Tate
© Mimmo Paladino
Sandro Chia, ‘Running Boy with Strange Fingers’ 1981
Sandro Chia
Running Boy with Strange Fingers 1981
Tate
© Sandro Chia/VAGA, New York and DACS, London 2017
Francesco Clemente, ‘Midnight Sun II’ 1982
Francesco Clemente
Midnight Sun II 1982
Tate
© Francesco Clemente

The Transavanguardia movement was part of the international phenemenon of a revival of expressionist painting in the late 1970s and 1980s.

The term, which literally means ‘beyond the avant-garde’, was coined by the critic Achille Oliva in his texts for an exhibition he organised in 1979 in Genanzzano titled Le Stanze.

The leading Italian Transavanguardia artists were Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Nicolo de Maria and Mimmo Paladino.