Javacheff Christo

Ackermans Fine Art

Javacheff ChristoJavacheff Christo was born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in Gabrovo, Bulgaria in 1935.  He studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and briefly in Vienna, Austria at Akademie der Bildenden Künste.  He rebelled against abstract art and focused on environmental works of art composed of everyday objects such as tin cans and bottles, magazines, furniture and automobiles.

In 1961, Javacheff Christo began collaborating with his wife Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, who was born on the same day as he in 1935 in Casablanca, Morocco.  They had met in October of 1958 when he was commissioned to paint a portrait of her mother. Together they worked on the principle that the alteration of one element in a context affected all of its parts.  According to Christo, the purpose of their art ‘Is simply to create works of art or joy and beauty and to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes’.  Javacheff Christo displayed his work in several galleries, including the well-known Castelli Gallery in New York and Gallery Schmela in Düsseldorf, Germany