1955 · United States
Often labelled as Neo-Pop, Jeff Koons is an American artist whose work focuses on the idea of turning everyday reality into art. He plays with pop-culture, advertising, and materialism, and works with a variety of different materials, such as steel, plastic, plexi-glass and mirrors.
Creating icons from banality, he reflects on the seduction of commerce and the decadence of consumerism. Everyday objects are de-familiarised through size-shifting and elaborate production. His work refers to pop-culture, to other artistic movements and styles, as well as to his own image.
Born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955, Jeff Koons studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1976. He is currently based in New York City.
His iconic sculptures such as "Rabbit" (1986), "Balloon Dog" (1994-2000), and "Puppy" (1992) are extensively known, and since 1980, Koons’ work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (1995), the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (1997), the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2006), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2008), and many other notable institutions. He often participates in international group exhibitions across the globe and has won various cultural awards.