Christo Yavashev

Christo Yavashev

Sculptor, artist, representative of postmodernism.
Date of Birth: 13.06.1935
Country: France

Biography of Christo Yavashev

Christo Yavashev, also known simply as Christo, was a sculptor, artist, and representative of postmodernism. He was born on June 13, 1935, in Gabrovo, Bulgaria.

He began his artistic education at the Sofia Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied from 1952 to 1956. In 1956, he left for Prague and illegally crossed the Austrian border. He then lived in Paris from 1958 to 1964 before finally settling in New York in 1964.

In 1959, Christo married Jeanne-Claude de Guillebon, who became his permanent collaborator and co-author. They worked together on numerous art projects throughout their careers.

In 1973, Christo obtained American citizenship. During the 1960s, he developed the concept of "empaquetage," which translates to "wrapping" or "packaging." This became his own form of artistic expression and brought him worldwide recognition. Empaquetage involved wrapping objects in various materials such as fabric, paper, or plastic, and considering the resulting wrapped object as a work of art.

Christo started with small items like cans but eventually moved on to wrapping trees, cars, buildings, and landscapes. Obtaining permissions for his projects often required significant time and effort. Some of his notable projects include wrapping the Kunsthalle in Bern (1968), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1969), a stretch of coastline near Sydney (1969), the Pont-Neuf in Paris (1985), and the Reichstag in Berlin (1995). One of his most famous landscape projects was "Running Fence," a 24-mile-long fabric wall constructed in California in 1976.