(Christo, Gabrovo, in Bulgaria, 13 June 1935)
In 1956 he finished his studies and moved to Prague from where, the following year, he managed to escape from the communist blockade to Austria, and then in 1958 he reached Paris.
Here, considered a stateless person, he lived on the margins of society and earned his living making portraits, which he signed with the name of his own family "Javacheff".
His first works signed "Christo" were abstract paintings and packaging of objects (bottles, bins, cartons, tables, etc.) or of living models in cloth or plastic.
These works arouse interest in friends, including Arman and Yves Klein, with whom he will join the Nouveau Réalisme movement.