Mark Kostabi was born in Los Angeles in 1960 into a family of Estonian emigrants. He grew up in Whittier, California and studied design and painting at California State University in Fujlerion. In 1982 he moved to New York, where within just two years, he became a prominent figure on the East Village artistic scene. In 1988 he founded the renowned Kostabi World, the great New York studio where many painters and artists work. Since 1996 he has divided his time between New York and Rome, and his strong presence on the Italian art scene has received further impetus.
He is the artist who paints faceless, timeless figures that may be all of us and none of us. They express man's fear in society, but also a universal language. In his works emerge, as a constant, citations of the work of other authors and the representation of faceless subjects allude to Dechirichian mannequins. "My goal - the artist has said - has always been to create an interesting as possible art. My art should enrich the life of those who look at it, whether it's a visitor who looks at my paintings in a museum, a collector who looks at Kostabi for a long time in his home, or a group of students reflecting on one of my murals. My pictures give joy, though they sometimes tell stories of loneliness, confusion and isolation. "
In addition to painting Mark Kostabi is a successful composer with concerts performed in America, Japan and Italy. Known in the world of music for having given the sleeve and the title "Use your illusion" to GUNS N 'ROSES, with 36 million copies sold.
His latest venture, a collaboration with the well-known percussionist Tony Esposito, led to the creation of the KOSTABEAT and then to the recording of the album. In 1998 he also recorded a CD "I did it Steinway" for piano soloist.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Solomom R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Roma
Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee
Trevi Flash Art Museum of International Contemporary Art, Trevi, Italia
MUSEION - Museo d'Arte Moderna, Bolzano, Italia
Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, Carolina del Nord
Groninger Museum, Groninga, Paesi Bassi
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida
Museo di Tirana, Tirana, Albania
The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
Neuberger Museum at Suny Purchase, Purchase, New York