Jeff Koons is one of America’s most popular contemporary artists. His Neo-Pop aesthetics and conceptual stoutness borrow extensively from consumer culture. He is known for his oversized sculptures of kitschy souvenirs, toys, and ornaments that are bright and shiny, thus rendering the banal attractive and collectible.
With his Balloon Dog (1994–2000) series, there is a heft, weight, and permanence through the use of the mirror-polished steel that the original inflatable lacks.
Born Jeffrey Koons on January 21, 1955 in York, PA, the artist studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York in the late 1970s, where he currently lives and works.