Claes Oldenburg is an American artist born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1929. He is best known for his Pop Art sculptures that depict everyday objects on a large scale, often using soft materials such as vinyl and foam.
Oldenburg began his career as a journalist before studying art in Chicago and New York. He gained recognition in the 1960s for his innovative sculptures, which included oversized hamburgers, typewriters, and household objects. These sculptures challenged traditional ideas of sculpture and played with the boundary between art and everyday life.
Oldenburg’s work has been exhibited in major museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London. He has been honored with numerous awards and accolades, including the National Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Wolf Prize in Arts in 1989.