Italian sculptor whose most famous piece "The Ninth Hour" showed Pope John Paul II being hit by a meteorite.
He spent the 1980s studying design in Italy and working as a carpenter.
His eerie elephant sculpture "Par Peur de l'Amour" sold for $2.7 million in 2004.
He was born and raised in Italy, where he had his big break as a satirical sculptor. His 2010 sculpture "Britney" was a nude of his wife.
He once created and wore a costume that featured the massive, sculpted head of Pablo Picasso.