Christo, born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff,
13 June 1935 – 31 May 2020,
Bulgarian born American artist.
After studying at the Academy of Arts in Sofia, he arrived in Paris via Prague and Vienna in the late 1950s, where he met his wife Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon. Together they formed the artist couple "Christo and Jeanne-Claude".
They become known for their large-scale, site-specific environmental installations, often large landmarks and landscape elements wrapped in fabric – including the Reichstag in Berlin, the Pont-Neuf in Paris, Running Fence in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park.
The pair always refused grants, scholarships, donations or public money, instead financing the work via the sale of their own artwork.
After Jeanne-Claude's death in 2009, Christo continued alone to plan and execute large-scale projects such as "The Floating Piers" installed at Lake Iseo near Brescia, Italy in 2016, or "The Mastaba" in London's Hyde Park in 2018.
Christo died in New York on 31 May 2020 at the age of 84.
A further monumental project "Arc de Triomphe Wrapped" in Paris planned for 2020, has been postponed a year to 18th September - 3rd October 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in France and its impact on the arts and cultural sector worldwide. Following Christo's death, his office stated that the project would nevertheless be completed.