However, his beginnings were complicated and, short of money, he returned to his parents, who now live in Florida, and worked for a time as a political direct seller. He returned to New York and produced the Equilibrium series, presented in his first exhibition in 1985, at the ephemeral gallery International with Monument. He became a commodity broker on Wall Street in order to finance his artistic production. Success having smiled on him, his works are now produced in a workshop, located in Chelsea, near New York, with more than 100 assistants. He does not realize any work himself, but impels ideas that he has executed by his professional collaborators. His Inflatable Rabbit, an inflatable rabbit made in stainless steel in 1986, and his Balloon Dogs are today considered by the greatest collectors, including François Pinault, as emblematic works of the end of the twentieth century.