1992 E36 Touring Art Car by Sandro Chia

It doesn’t have the name recognition of Warhol’s or Lichtenstein’s, but we happen to be quite fond of Sandro Chia’s Art Car, which BMW Art Car aficionados like to sleep on.

The BMW Art Car by Sandro Chia, 1992

“I have created both a picture and a world. Everything that is looked at closely turns into a face. A face is a focus, a focus of life and the world.” -Sandro Chia

“Paint me, paint me!”, the racing car’s surface had called out to him, said Sandro Chia. So he started to paint, painted faces and a sea of intensive colours until the car’s whole bodywork had been completely covered. “The automobile is a much coveted object within our society”, said Sandro Chia commenting on his work. “It is the centre of attraction. People look at it. This car reflects those looks.” The design of the Art Car was not his first artistic involvement with an automobile. Even as a child he painted graffiti on cars.

The renaissance city of Florence, where Sandro Chia was born in 1946, is the world of his childhood and his youth, a world in which he learned to take a playful and relaxed approach towards the fine arts. As early as in the seventies he displayed his work at important individual exhibitions and was soon recognized as one of the most significant artists of the Italian Transavanguardia. He sees himself as a neo-expressionist, his figurative painting revealing signs of having been influenced by Carrà, de Chirico, Picasso as well as Montegna and Giorgione.

Sandro Chia – Prototype of a BMW 3 Series Touring racer

  • four-cylinder inline engine
  • 4 valves per cylinder
  • displacement: 2,494 cm³
  • power output: 370 bhp
  • top speed: 300 km/h

(source: BMW Group)

Look for more of these in the future.

~ by velofinds on May 31, 2011.

4 Responses to “1992 E36 Touring Art Car by Sandro Chia”

  1. Love it!!

  2. The Chia car is definitely my favorite of the “later era” Art Cars.

  3. I posted this on my local forum and someone posted this 🙂


  4. I think that the E36 sheet metal is nice, but unfortunately both the Headlamp & Tailamps haven’t aged well at all. That’s my 2c. Love the Blog to Death! Keep posting!

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