Jonathan Borofsky (born 1942) is a U.S. artist who works in a wide variety of forms and has become known in particular for oversized sculptures in public spaces. He studied at Carnegie-Mellon University and the Yale School of Art and Architecture in New Haven between 1960 and 1966 and taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia between 1969 and 1980.
From the beginning, his work possesses a conceptual background, which Borofsky manifests in the form of number constructs. His paintings, known as Countings, are based on counts and sequences of numbers, which continue into his works today. Thus, he gives all of his works a sequential number.
Another continuum is the inclusion of childlike painting and design methods in his work. Thus, his works are influenced by an infantile aesthetic that has its origins in Borofsky's own childhood: combinations of works from his childhood and current works emerge, which he calls Continuous Paintings.
In the 1980s and '90s he creates sculptures, some of monumental size, often based on previous drawings or paintings. His main motif here is the human figure.
Borofsky participated in Documenta 7, 8 and 9, is represented worldwide with sculptures on public ground and in many important museums and collections. He lives and works in Ogunquit, Maine.