Mark Kostabi (born 1960, USA) studied drawing and painting at California State University in Fullerton. In 1982, he moved to New York and quickly established a reputation as a leader in the revival of figurative painting. His featureless “everyman” figure quickly became a cultural icon of the era. In 1988, he founded Kostabi World, a neo-Renaissance studio and gallery that employs 30 full-time assistants. In 1996, he began dividing his time between New York and Rome and consequently developed a name for himself in the Italian art scene.
Kostabi’s popularity can be seen through his numerous product designs including album covers for the bands Guns ‘N’ Roses and The Ramones and designs for companies including Swatch and Giro d’Italia
Kostabi is also known for his many collaborations with other artists including Enzo Cucchi, Arman, Howard Finster, Tadanori Yokoo and Enrico Baj.
Kostabi has been featured in more than 500 exhibitions worldwide and his works are in the permanent collections of several museums including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Guggenheim. He lectures regularly at universities and has published several books.
Select Permanent Collections
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY - Solomom R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY - Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY - National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC - The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY - Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome - Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia - Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN