Biography of Christo
Christo Vladimirov Javacheff (born 1935 in Gabrovo, BG) is most well known for his collaborations with his wife, Jeanne-Claude (born 1935 in Casablanca, MA; died 2009 in New York, USA) under the moniker Christo & Jeanne-Claude. Together, the couple produced larger-than-life environmental installations called wrappings where their subjects are reduced to the simplest aesthetic form—shape and color—as a result of being wrapped in monochrome silken-fabrics.
Although the bulk of Christo's oeuvre are made up of small 2-dimensional works—preparatory drawings, sketches, models and studies—his true passion lies in the planning and execution of monumental works. Islands, coastlines, streets, landmarks, and national monuments have all been wrapped by Christo. Often controversial as a result of their scale, the artist & Jeanne-Claude made headlines at documenta 4 by erecting the largest inflatable structure (85m tall) to have ever been shown without a skeleton support. Other projects include: the Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin, 1995 178 Wrapped Trees in Berower Park in Basel, 1998 the Wrapped Pont Neuf in Paris, 1985 and The Gates in New York's Central Park, where over 7500 fabric gates were constructed, leading visitors along a carefully thought-out pathway.