Born in 1955 in Barcelona, Jaume Plensa lives in both his hometown and in Paris. The artist's early works are characterized by anthropomorphic forms made of heavy materials like iron and bronze. Over time, he has experimented with new synthetic plastics as well as glass and alabaster, intrigued by the luminous effects and the shapes they can take on. Through the use of letters and symbols belonging to various peoples, the artist seeks to celebrate diversity and to emphasize the importance of cultural unity, as in his work Crown Fountain (2000-2005), at Millennium Park in Chicago, the artist wanted to create a free, fun space for people: a fountain constructed of glass, steel, black granite, but also LED screens where videos of 1,000 different faces were shown.
Since 1995, he has worked with the theater group La Fura dels Baus, designing theatrical costumes and some sets. Since 1992 he has won several awards, both nationally and internationally. In 2005 he received an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has participated in numerous exhibits including: the Fundacio Joan Miro in Barcelona (1996); the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris (1997); the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid (2000); the Fondation Européenne pour la Sculpture in Brussels (2002); and the Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena (2004). He is also the only living artist who has had an exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, United States.