Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Centre Pompidou Paris
Christo (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff) and Jeanne-Claude (Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat), both born on 13 June 1935, in Gabrovo (Bulgaria) and Casablanca (Morocco) respectively, met in Paris at the age of 23. Christo fled Communist Bulgaria, passing through Prague, Vienna and Geneva, before settling in Paris in March 1958. He retained a mastery of classic disciplines from his training in the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, but constantly sought to surpass easel painting. Christo’s Parisian years saw the establishment of his artistic language: work on relief surfaces, piling up and wrapping, the beginning of covered windows and, in collaboration with Jeanne-Claude, the development of monumental outdoor projects – which characterised the creative approach of the two artists.