The hallmark of Jeff Koons’ art in addition to an extreme price tag is that he shamelessly uses famous people in absurd situations. It can not be too tacky or controversial.
He has a net worth of $ 200 million, according to Forbes, where almost everything has come from the sale of works of art.
Jeff Koons (born January 21, 1955 in York, Pennsylvania, USA)
He is known for his use of kitsch image symbols, often in sculptural form and often in large formats. His works are among the most expensive in the world, achieved for a contemporary artist. Pop art and surrealism are two key words for Koon’s art.
Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania, where his father was an interior designer and had his own business. As a teenager he was a great admirer of Salvador Dalí. Other important role models Koons has mentioned are Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol as well as older artists, such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. He attended art schools in Chicago and Maryland, where he studied painting. Koons gained recognition throughout the 1980s, creating a factory-like studio in SoHo, New York.
His early works were in the form of conceptual sculpture, one of the best known being the Three Ball 50/50 Tank (1985), which consists of three basketballs floating in a tank half full of water. (MoMA The Museum of Modern Art)
His next series was the Statuary, which were large statues of toys. Koon’s next project was Banality, which culminated in a large porcelain figurine by Michael Jackson and his pet monkey Bubbles. It was made in triplicate. One of them belongs to the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo.
In 1991, Koons married Italian porn star Ilona Staller (better known as Cicciolina). Koons created a series Made in heaven – consisting of paintings, photographs and sculptures – which showed the couple in sexual positions and which created more controversy than some of his previous works.
Staller traveled to Italy after the divorce and Koons denied all contact with his son Ludwig. In the United States, he was given custody of his son, but that decision was overturned by Italian law. After that, he became involved in the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children.