American, b.1955. Jeff Koons started painting at the age of nine and would create copied and signed versions of old master paintings which his father, a furniture dealer and interior decorator, would place in his shop window to attract guests. A noted contemporary artist himself, Koons was greatly inspired by Salvador Dali and also cultivated a similar pencil mustache for a brief period. He was a part of America's artists' group who explored satirical ways to showcase their conceptual ideas in an age where the media had reached a point of saturation. He was known to possess an admiration for popular culture and used his work for the appropriation of kitsch to help the public connect to art instead of feeling alienated. His oversized and obstentatious installations of souvenirs, ornaments and toys gave him fame. Rabbit, Balloon Dog and Puppy are some of the iconic sculptures.