Named Javacheff Christo, Christo was born Bulgaria on June 13, 1935. From 1952 until 1956 he studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia, then worked at the Burian Theatre in Prague in 1956, and did further study at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1957. The following year he went to Paris where he began making his well-known installation works.
Christo is known as an environmental installation artist and painter of architectural landscape drawings. He has become known for “wrapping” famous buildings and landmarks with various media, such as plastic and woven fabric sheets. In February 2005, the Christos oversaw the installation of one of his most attention-getting endeavors, “The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005.” Opening February 11 and lasting sixteen days, it was the biggest art project in history of New York City. Seventy-five hundred frames, each sixteen feet high, were placed at intervals along several miles of footpaths in Central Park. Suspended from the frames were orange-tinted fabric banners, conveying a “splash of sunrise” and what Christo himself described as “a visual golden river.”
Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude, who partakes in most of his projects, have lived primarily in New York City. They travel frequently.