Undisputed master of the art market, Jeff Koons is neither more nor less than the most expensive living artist in the world. Born in 1955 in York in the United States, he is famous for his giant sculptures, his paintings, as well as his talent for provocation.
He studied at the Fine Arts of Baltimore in Chicago, but it is in finance that he will begin his career as a broker on Wall Street in commodities. Jeff Koons will succeed in combining his talents on the stock market and his passion for art by becoming himself the best investment of the 20th century.
Jeff Koons will be particularly marked by the advertising iconography and American pop art of the 1980s. Consumer objects and everyday utensils will gain in added value in his hands. He will take up the principle of Marcel Duchamp's “ready-made” and raise them to the status of a work of art, starting with vacuum cleaners or basketballs.
Particularly fond of kitsch, Jeff Koons will excessively exploit this vein and conquer collectors around the world. He uses the icons of popular culture labeled USA to add them to this aesthetic. Michael Jackson then freezes in a white and gold porcelain, Popeye rutile like a stainless steel balloon and the Hulk inflates with air in anger.
Jeff Koons' fame and work both took a turn in 1991, when the artist married pornographic actress Ilona Anna Staller, also known as Cicciolina. Together, they produced the sulphurous work “Made In Heaven”, where the couple takes the stage and plays on eroticism and more so ambiguity. It is an absolute media success which makes it possible to increase the reputation and the coast of Jeff Koons.
His works are now made by artisans in a workshop in Chelsea, near New York, under his direction, a process which in turn makes the artist talk. In addition to being the favorite of billionaires, Jeff Koons is also exhibited around the world. We will especially remember his royal entry to the Palace of Versailles in 2008 accompanied by his Balloon Dogs and his Inflatable Rabbit, not to mention his retrospective at the Center Pompidou in 2014.
His work Balloon Dog, in orange (there are several different colors, including magenta and blue) was auctioned in 2013 by the Christie's agency in New York and was sold for the sum of 58.4 million dollars. . This historic sale made this sculpture the most expensive work by a living artist.
Richard Orlinski is a French artist born in 1966 in Paris. Right from the start, he surrounded himself with a team of highly qualified technicians. His works of art, designed around the "Born Wild" concept, bear witness to essential values in a resolutely contemporary style, which never yields to trash, extravagance or the ephemeral.
His works reach a wide audience, including children fascinated by his iconic creations. He was guest of honor at Art Elysées, at Art Paris, at the Artiferia in Bologna, at the Cannes, Deauville and Cabourg festivals.
In 2010, he was ranked second best-selling contemporary French artist in France by Art Price and two of his works were among the 10 highest auctions of 2011.
Richard Orlinski sculpts to sublimate reality and create living, beautiful and timeless works of art, which arouse emotion in the eyes of others. Deeply rooted in his time, Richard Orlinski mainly uses contemporary materials such as resin and aluminum, but also marble, stone and bronze.
Richard Orlinski's challenge through the “Born Wild” concept is to transform negative vital impulses into positive emotions, to move from primordial instinct to civilized emotion. The vectors of this metamorphosis are the aesthetics of the work, the sculptor's quest for perfection and the viewer's perception. A supporter of art accessible to all, Richard Orlinski draws from the popular imagery of icons that serve his purpose. He creates works of art that apply to our impulses, to our archaisms.