Jeff Koons, born in 1955, is an American artist known for his reproductions of banal objects and his monumental, stainless-steel sculptures reflecting pop culture themes. His work, both lauded and criticized, navigates between consumer culture and high art. Koons' most recognized works are his colossal mirror-polished, stainless steel sculptures of balloon animals with transparent colour coating. He is also renowned for his collaborations with La Cicciolina, depicting the most intimate parts of their relationship. Koons continues to challenge the conventions of art with his controversial and innovative creations.