In 1935, Christo Vladimirov Javacheff was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude was born in Morocco. The couple met in 1958 in Paris and were united through their love and appreciation of art. Most well known for their environmental art, the two collaborated to create artistic works of remarkable size.
In the early days of their career, only Cristo’s name was used to sign their works. The two feared that biases against female artists at the time would threaten their careers and creativity. It was not until 1994 that Jeanne-Claude’s role in the creation of these works was made public.
The couple is known for their works of monumental scale including The Floating Piers (2016) which included walkways floating above the water of Lake Iseo in Italy where visitors could walk freely only inches above the water’s surface. The Gates (2005) was an installation located in New York City’s Central Park including large gates placed throughout walking paths in the park. Additionally, Cristo and Jeanne-Claude have produced numerous famous works where fabric is used to wrap objects such as statues, buildings, trees, or coastlines.