Born in 1984 in South Africa and moving to the Netherlands during his childhood, Joseph Klibansky grew up in a creative family, with a photographer as a father and a stylist as a mother. Growing up he wanted to become an entrepreneur, studying business at college. However, swiftly after graduating from business school in the Netherlands, Klibansky realised that his dreams were rooted in creativity and moving forward, he exclusively devoted his talents to art.
Over the past decade, Klibansky has garnered a wide and diverse collector-base from all across the globe. We look at the reasons behind the Dutch artist’s international appeal.
Although Klibansky is best known for his bronze sculptures, the artist is a master of all mediums, working across sculpture, painting and installation, as well as recently launching his very own NFT. The diverse range of mediums in his oeuvre means that there is an affordable entry point for every collector, no matter where they are in their collecting journey. From his prints and editions all the way to his monumental one-of-a-kind sculptures, Klibansky’s artwork can cater to any art lover’s preference and price point.
Investigating universal human themes like life, death and love, Klibanksy’s artwork has a widespread and timeless appeal. Works like Elements of Love, Elements of Immortality and The Thinker meditate on the fundamental experience of everyday life, while their grounding in techniques that utilise the possibility of technological advancements makes them artwork of our time. Recognisable motifs and a legible artistic vocabulary means that Klibansky’s artwork can transcend cultural boundaries, making his appeal international.
From private member clubs to international sporting associations, Joseph Klibansky has collaborated with some of the most recognisable names in the world. These prestigious partnerships have catalysed the success of his market.
In 2020, the Dutch artist transformed the London private members club Annabel’s, exhibiting a menagerie of bronze animals both inside and outside. The artist also hosted an exclusive dinner for their members, who were able to enjoy Klibansky's art in an intimate setting. Most recently, the contemporary artist partnered with Heineken and Formula 1 to create the winner’s podium for the Dutch Grand Prix. Collaborations such as these have exposed the artist to a range of new collectors, driving demand for his work.
Whether shimmering against the steely sheen of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa or punctuating the idyllic banks of the Grand Canal in Venice, Klibansky’s awe-inspiring public sculptures can be found across the globe. Public sculptures not only inspire citizens and generate important public discourse, but they also cement the artist as a household name, providing further exposure to their practice. Since 2016, Klibansky has created public artworks in Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, China and the United Arab Emirates, with the works depicting everything from a gravity-defying astronaut to a celebrating monkey. His public sculptures have won the hearts of communities worldwide, bolstering demand for his more collectable works.
BEYOND THE CLOUDS (2021) IN HANGZOU, CHINA
With over 700,000 followers on Instagram, Joseph Klibansky is a master of social media, utilising the power of online platforms to enhance his collector base. From reels and posts to interactive stories and live streams, Klibansky reveals the artistic process behind his breath-taking art, detailing the hard work and craftsmanship behind each work. His Instagram teaches a powerful lesson about the influence of social media, with hundreds of thousands of engaged followers catalysing the demand for his viral art.