Born in 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish painter, sculptor, designer, and photographer. He started his career as a photographer before moving to sculpture and design.
Eliasson uses simple natural elements like movement, water, color, and light to play with the sensory perception of the viewer. His works are designed to force the viewer to ask themselves about their role in environmentalism and globalization.
Eliasson has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Tate Modern, Versailles, amongst numerous other institutions. He won the 2013 European Union Prize and the 2014 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT.