b. 1955, York, Pennsylvania, USA
Jeff Koons rose to prominence in the mid-1980s as part of a generation of artists who explored the meaning of art in a media-saturated era. He plays with ideas of pop culture, consumerism, taste, and pleasure. Working with a factory-style studio, he is able to toy with various modes of production much int he way that Warhol did. He elevates everyday objects such as balloon animals by rendering them in high chromium stainless steel. His work is often thought to be ironic or tongue-in-cheek but the artist maintains that his intentions are always meant to be earnest and optimistic.