Jeffrey “Jeff” Koons is an American artist who is famous for his reproductions of banal objects, usually those with some relationship to childhood, such as balloon animals or inflatable pool rafts. Born in Pennsylvania on January 21, 1955, Jeff Koons is one of the world’s most famous and successful living artists. Jeff Koons lives and works in New York City and he has had his art exhibited at renowned museums—including on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art! Despite his success, Jeff Koons artwork is a source of much controversy in the art world since many critics dismiss his style as “kitsch” and crass while fans praise his work as being a reflection of American consumer culture. No matter what one’s views are, much of Jeff Koons work is certainly striking. He is especially well known for his giant stainless steel balloon animals (most famously the dog shaped ones) that are painted with colorful mirror-finish surfaces.
Below is a list of facts about Jeff Koons:
• Jeff Koons’ art has sold for incredible amounts of money. In November 2013, one of his orange balloon dogs sold for $58.4 million! This made that art the most expensive piece by a living artist ever to be sold at auction.
• As a teenager, Jeff Koons met Salvador Dali—the artist he most admired—in New York City.
• Jeff Koons studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maryland Institute College of Art.
• Jeff Koons rose to prominence in the 1980s, a time period when media saturation was the norm and pop culture artwork was in high demand.
• Jeff Koons has been married twice and has seven children.