Jeff Koons is one of the most popular and well known American contemporary artists. Born in York, PA in 1955, Koons expressed his interest for art at an early age and revered artist Salvador Dalí throughout his teenage years. Koons studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maryland Institute College of Art before moving to New York City where he started off as a stock breaker on Wall Street. In the mid-1980s, Koons rose to fame as a part of a generation of artists exploring the role of art in an era heavily influenced by the media. As seen in his Celebration (1994-2001) series, Koons is best known for his sculptures of souvenirs, toys, and otherwise mundane everyday objects that he transforms into bright objects, often with stainless steel and mirror-finish surfaces.
Koons’s iconic creations have been featured across the world, such as Puppy (1992) which has been installed in Sydney Harbour, Bilbao, and the Palace of Versailles. In 2019, his Rabbit sold for $91.1 million at Christie’s auction house, making him the most expensive living artist at the time. His works are displayed in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum, the Tate Modern in London, and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam, as well as many others. Koons continues to live and work in New York, NY.