Mark Kostabi

Born in 1960 - United States


Mark Kostabi is an Estonian painter and composer born in California in 1960. He grew up and studied in this region of the United States, in the State University. In 1982, he moved to New York and in two years, became a major figure of the artistic scene of the East Village. He has been living between New York and Rome since for the past 10 years.

His faceless characters are characteristic of his work. His paintings express the artist's opinion about political, social and psychological problems. Giorgio De Chirico and Fernand Léger are two main sources of inspiration for the artist, which does not limit him from acting freely, on the contrary it pushes him to reinvent.

Mark Kostabi's work is internationally recognized. He exhibits his work in galleries in the US, Japan, Germany and Australia and several institutions recognize his talent and present his paintings. Among some of them we can cite, the Mitsukoshi Museum in Tokyo and the Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn. His pieces are part as well of permanent collections, such as that at the Guggenheim Museum and at the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome. Mark kostabi has also made the covers of music albums for a dozen artists, including the group Guns 'N' Roses.

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1981 California State University, Fullerton
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California

1982 Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles

1983 Limbo Lounge, New York
Simone Gallery, New York

1984 Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles
Limbo Lounge, New York
Hal Bromm Gallery, New York
Semaphore, New York
Lucky Strike Gallery, New York
Hal Bromm Gallery, New York

1985 Nada Gallery, New York
Semaphore, New York
Eastman-Wahmendorf, New York
Semaphore and Semaphore East, New York
Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia
Art Awareness, Lexington, New York

1986 Seed Hall, Tokyo,
Folker Skulima Gallery, Berlin
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

1987 Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles
Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania
Wiesner Gallery, New York
Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago

1988 Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
Phillip Samuels Fine Arts, St Louis, Missouri
The Morgan Gallery, Boston
Access Gallery, New York
Hanson Gallery, New York

1989 Tamara Bane, Los Angeles
Fernando Alcolea Galeria d'Art, Barcelona
Hanson Galleries, Beverly Hills and San Francisco
Fly by Night Gallery, New York
Hokin Gallery, Miami
Alan Brown Gallery, Hartsdale, New York

1990 Govinda Gallery, Washington D.C.
First Gallery, Moscow
Mijor Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Hanson Galleries, New Orleans and San Francisco
Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York
Ergane Gallery, New York
Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia
Gallery Sho, Tokyo
Seibu, Tokyo
Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy
California State University, Fullerton

1991 Art Collection House, Tokyo
Galleria Dello Scudo, Verona, Italy
Art Collection House, Osaka, Japan
Frank Bustamante Gallery, New York
Galerie Kaess-Weiss, Stuttgart, Germany
Hama Gallery, Tokyo
Access Gallery, New York
Galerie 1900-2000: Marcel Fleiss, Paris
Elisabetta Frigieri Arte Contemporanea, Carpi, Italy
Paolo Majorana, Brescia, Italy
Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy

1992 Galleri Max, Stockholm
Martin Lawrence Modern, New York
Sinimandria Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
Mitsukoshi Museum, Tokyo
Galleria Les Chances de l'Art, Bolzano, Italy
Studio Spaggiari, Milan
Galleria D'Arte Rizziero, Teramo, Italy
Ginza Yamato Gallery, Tokyo
Studio Cristofori, Bologna, Italy
Vaal Galerii, Tallinn, Estonia
Seibu, Tokyo
Gio Marconi and Fondazione Mudima (collaborations with Enrico Baj), Milan
P.M.M.K. Museum Voor Moderne Kunst (collaborations with Enrico Baj), Ostende, Belgium
The Columbia Museum of Art (collaborations with Howard Finster), South Carolina

1993 Galerie Kaess-Weiss, Stuttgart, Germany
Santo Ficara Arte, Florence, Italy
Martin Lawrence Galerry, Washington D.C. and Santa Clara, California
Hanson Galleries, New Orleans and La Jolla, California
Centro D'Arte Moderna "Agatirio," Capo d'Orlando, Italy
Azabu Museum (Collaborations with Tadanori Yokoo), Tokyo
Kobe-Hankyu (Collaborations with Tadanori Yokoo), Kobe, Japan
Multimedia Arte Contemporanea (collaborations with Enrico Baj), Brescia, Italy
Cradle Salon/Aoyama Commons (collaborations with Linda Mason and Seiichi Tanaka), Tokyo

1994 Nicolae Gallery, Colombus, Ohio
Studio Gastadelli, Milan
Hanson Galleries, New Orleans
Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, New York
Martin Lawrence Modern, New York
Giavanni Di Summa Galleria d' Arte, Rome
Studio Spaggiari, Milan
Sony Building, Osaka, Japan

1995 Dante Vecchiato Galleria d'Arte, Padova, Italy
Guidi Galleria d'Arte, Genova, Italy
Galleria Blu Art, Alba Adriatica, Italy
Martin Lawrence Modern, New York
Galerie Sho, Tokyo
Galleria d'Arte Moderna "Il Castello," Milan

1996 Centro Arte, Milan
Elisabetta Frigieri Arte Contemporanea, Sassoulo, Italy
Neuffer Am Park, Pirmasens, Germany
Nicolae Galerie Colombus, Ohio
Martin Lawrence Galleries, Chicago and Oakbrook, Illinois and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

1997 Oprandi Arte Contemporanea, Boltiere, Italy
Scola dei Tiraoro e Battioro, Venice, Italy
Martin Lawrence Galleries, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Francisco and New York
Castello Doria, Porto Venere, Italy
Galleria Nuova Gissi, Turin, Italy
Galleria d'Arte Moderna "Il Castello", Milan

1998 L'Immagine Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea, Arezzo, Italy
Ferrara Arte, Ferrara, Italy
Blu Art Arte Moderna, Alba Adriatica, Italy
Galleria Arte Rotaross, Novara, Italy
Martin Lawrence Galleries, Sherman Oaks and San Francisco, California
Galerie Le Jardin des Arts, Jingumae and Aoyama, Tokyo
Mitsukoshi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Hankyu, Osaka, Japan
Galleria Soave, Alessandria, Italy
Galleria Botero, Pescara, Italy
Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

1999 Galleria Pio Monti, Rome, Italy
Rocca Malatestiana, Fano, Italy
Le Bain Art Gallery, Rome, Italy
Martin Lawrence Galleries, New York and Oakbrook, Illinois
Palazzina Azzurra, San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy
Boxart Galleria d'Arte, San Bonifacio, Italy
Studio G, Milan, Italy

2000 ArteCapital, Brescia, Italy
Trevi Flash Art Museum of International Contemporary Art, Trevi, Italy
Guastalla Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Forte dei Marmi, Italy
Temple Gallery, Temple University, Rome, Italy
Galleria L'Ariete, Bologna, Italy
Guastalla Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Livorno, Italy
Francesco Cancelliere Artecontemporanea, Messina, Italy
Roger Smith Gallery, New York

2001 Fidesarte, Mestre-Venezia, Italy
Galleria d'Arte L'Incontro, Chiari, Italy
Floriana Tondinelli Art Gallery, Rome
Per Mari e Monti, Treia (Macerata), Italy
Banca di Teramo, Teramo, Italy
Marchese Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy

2002 Stefan Stux Gallery, New York
Galleria del Tasso, Bergamo, Italy
Galleria Nuova Gissi, Turin, Italy
Galleria Faustini, Forte dei Marmi, Italy
Galleria Rosini & C., Rimini, Italy

2003 Andrea Arte Contemporanea, Vicenza, Italy
Galleria Civica di Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Chiesina dell' Ospedale, Meldola (FC), Italy
adarte (Expoarte), Montichiari, Italy
Pio Monti, Rome
Scoletta dei Battioro, Venice
Arte Contemporanea e Dintorni, Como, Italy

2004 Magazzini del Sale, Cervia, Italy
Embassy of Estonia, Washington, D.C.
Galleria Francocancelliere, Messina, Italy
Centro d'Arte Mercurio, Palermo
Excalibur Artecontemporanea,Solcio di Lesa (No), Italy
Castello Visconteo di Vogogna (Vb), Italy
Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York

2005 Ex Museo Civica, Spoleto, Italy
Gallerie Rosini, Riccione, Italy
Pio Monti, Rome

2006 Modenarte, Modena, Italy
Galleria del Palazzo, Palazzo Coveri, Florence, Italy
Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York
Chiostro del Bramante, Rome
Antico Castello sul Mare, Rapallo, Italy
Galleria Imperatori, Porto San Giorgio, Italy
George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles

2007 Per Mari e Monti Arte Contemporanea, Civitanova Marche, Italy
Galleria Granelli, Livorno, Italy
Patricia Correia Gallery, Los Angeles
Martin Lawrence Galleries, La Jolla and San Francisco

Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, "Zany Cal-Aesthetics"
Traction Gallery, Los Angeles, "Ex Libris"
Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, "Art as Gift"
Wilson Schoool, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, "Art '82"
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, NYC, "A More Store"
Wilson Gallery, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, "Art '83"
Middle Collegiate Church, NYC, "Resurrection", curators - Steve Whitesell and Joel Handorff
Collaborative Projects & W.P.A., The Ritz Hotel, Washington, D.C., "The Ritz"
Danceteria, "1000 Balloons", curators - Liz & Val
Piezo Electric Gallery, NYC, "The Wild West Show", curator - Carlo McCormick
Harm Bouckaert Gallery, NYC, "Saints"
Serra Di Felice, NYC
ABC No Rio, NYC, "Wish You'd Been Here", curator - Carlo McCormick
Center Gallery, Chicago, "Inside Out"
Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York, "Terminal New York"
Zippers, NYC, "Artistic Urges"
Danceteria, NYC, "Lower East Side Polygon"
The International Running Center, NYC, "Marathon: '83"
East 7th Street Gallery, NYC, "Underdog"
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, "That Obscure Object of Desire", curator - Barry Blinderman
Underground, NYC, "An Evening of Surrealism (Moon Age Daydream), curator - D.D. Chapin
White Columns, NYC, "Science and Prophecy", curators - Joel Handorff and Steve Whitesell
Limbo Lounge, NYC, "Limbo Lounge Retrospective"
Danceteria, NYC, "Science Fair"
Jack Tilton Gallery, NYC, "A. More Store"
Kamikaze, NYC, "Gracie Mansion Presents"
Simone Gallery, NYC, "Mark Kostabi at Simone Gallery"
Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "Climbing"
Bess Cutler Gallery, NYC, "Situation", curator - Steve Kaplan
P.S. 1, Long Island City, New York, "Limbo, curators - Walter Robinson and Carlo McCormick
Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America"
Bonnier Gallery, Charles Cowles Gallery, Germans Van Eck Gallery, "Totem", curator - Steve Kaplan
Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "The Untitled Show"
New York Public Library, Tompkins Square Branch, NYC, "Psychology", curator - Bruce Wall
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California, "10th Street & Avenue B/East Village Art Today"
Soho Center for the Visual Arts, NYC, "Four Artists"
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, "Painting and Sculpture Today"
P.S. 1, Long Island City, NYC, "The New Portrait", curator - Jeffrey Deitch
Dramatis Personae Gallery, NYC, "Extravaganza"
Kamikaze, NYC, "Karnival"
Oil and Steel Gallery, NYC, "Creative Time Benefit"
149 Second Avenue, NYC, "A Time Before Morning"
Kamikaze, NYC, "Non Con Test"
Gallerle Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, Holland, "Summer in New York"
Fashion Moda, Bronx, New York, "The Open Show"
Danceteria, NYC, "Machine Language"
Limbo Lounge, NYC, "Conspiracies"
Avenue A, NYC
Magic Gallery, NYC, "Hit and Run"
Kenkeleba Gallery, NYC, "Chill Out New York", curator - Steve Kaplan
Kamikaze, NYC, "Art Disposal Nite"
Sensory Evolution Gallery, NYC, "The Acid Test Show"
Bette Stoler Gallery, NYC, "Arabesque"
419 Lafayette Street, NYC, "Art & Ego"
Center Gallery, Bucknell University , Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, "Contemporary Perspectives - Pop Symbolism"
University Art Museum, University of Tennessee/Knoxville, "Drawings"
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, "The East Village Scene", curator - Janet Cardon
George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, NYC, "In the Public Eye"
Fashion Moda, Bronx, New York, "Real Politick"
Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, "New York City Artists in 0-Town"
New York Public Library, Tomkins Square Branch, NYC, "Bacchanalia"
Darinka, NYC, "Dream Logic: Erotic Impulses", curator - Susan Berko
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, "Group Show"
Zero One, Los Angeles, "East Infection", curator - Carlo McCormick
University of California/Santa Barbara, "Neo York"
Zurich, Switzerland, "International Art Fair"
Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "New Painting"
Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, "Visitors from the East Village"
Columbus Museum of Arts & Sciences, Columbus, Georgia, "American Art Now! Painting in the 1980's"
Nico Smith, NYC, "Big Show"
Zurich, Switzerland, "Zurich Forum"
Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "New Painting"
Casa Nada, NYC, "Group Show"
Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "A Christmas Collection"
Now Gallery, NYC, "Micro Art"
Limbo Lounge, NYC, "Le Grande Bodegon"
New York Public Library, Tompkins Square Branch, NYC, "East/West"
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, California, "The Figure Transformed by Technology"
University of Wisconsin/Eau Claire, "New York Art from Semaphore and Semaphore East"
Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Quebec, "East Village At Centre", curated by Katya Arnold
The QCC Art Gallery; Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY;
Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania
Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, "The Parodic Power of Popular Imagery", curator - Lenore Malen
Silver Limo Gallery, NYC, "Haiti Haiti Tenth Street Today"
Semaphore, NYC, "Summer Better Than Others"
Semaphore East, NYC, "Works on Paper"
Frank Bernaducci Gallery, NYC, "Drawn"
Nico Smith Gallery, NYC, "The Monster Show"
Kamikaze, NYC, "Zero Gravity"
BK. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio, "20/20"
ABC No Rio, NYC, "Political Art"
Kamikaze, NYC, "Tight as Spring"
22 Wooster Gallery, NYC, "Democracy at Work"
Rosa Esman Gallery, NYC, "East Village Funktional"
St. Mark's Gallery, NYC, "Linus and Friends"
Now Gallery, NYC, "Microwave"
Eastman-Wahmendorf Gallery, NYC, "Aesthetic Awareness"
Tower Gallery, Southhampton, New York, "Avenue C by the Sea"
A&P Gallery, NYC
Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "City Streets"
Private Eyes, NYC, "A Strange Mix"
Palladium, NYC, "The East Village Art Collection"
Civilian Warfare, NYC, "Gettin Off"
Kamikaze, NYC, "Too Hot for Summer"
Palladium, NYC, "Palladium Open"
Kamikaze, NYC, "Artifacts of the Future"
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina, "Innocence and Experience", curator - Tom Styron
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC, "Otherland"
Wessel O'Conner Gallery, Rome, Italy, "The Discovery of America"
No Se No, NYC, "The Rivington School"
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC, "Fashion Moda Benefit"
Fernando Vijande Gallery, Madrid, Spain, "Psycho Pueblo"
Now Gallery, NYC, "Micro Max"
Moosart Gallery and Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, Florida, "The Best and the Brightest from the East Village and Soho"
First Street Gallery, NYC, "Innocence and Experience", curator - Tom Styron

Limelight Mural, Chicago
Bloomingdale's 1986 Shopping Bag

Proliferation Prize, presented by East Village Eye, August, 1984, p. 32

Kostabi, self-published book Los Angeles Hoffberg, Judith, "Kostabi"; Umbrella, November, p. 129
Muchnic, Suzanne, "Grins, Grimaces"; Los Angeles Times, July 14, part 4, p. 1
Kostabi, self-published book, Los Angeles
Hoffberg, Judith, "Kostabi", November
Christy, George, "The Great Life", The Hollywood Reporter, July 23, p. 23
Muchnic, Suzanne, "La Cienega Area, Los Angeles Reporter, July 23, part 6, p. 8
Raynor, Vivien, "Circles and Age", The New York Times, Sept. 22, p. C24
Bomb, Vol.;8, p. 89
Raynor, Vivien, review, "Climbing: The East Village", The New York Times, Jan. 27, p. C22
Robinson, Walter, "East Village Artists in Amsterdam", East Village Eye Dec./ian., 1983-84, p. 23
Muchnic, Suzanne, "The Galleries", Los Angeles Times, Jan. 27, p. 2
McCormick, Carlo, "An Interview with Mark Kostabi, East Village Eye, p. 32
Carr, C., "Art & Artifice in the East Village", Village Voice, April 3, p. 38
"An Interview with Mark Kostabi by Everyman", Pan Arts, May, pp. 23, 13
Heartney, Eleanor, review, "Totem", ARTnews, May, p. 172
McCormick, Carlo, review, New York Beat, May 23, p. 15
Krainak, Paul, review, Soho Arts Weekly, May 30, pp. lOB & 11B
Appearances, Issue 10, pp. 13, 38-40, 48
Robinson, Walter and McCormick Carlo, "Slouching Toward Avenue D", Art in America, Summer, pp. 140 & 157
Owens, Craig, "The Problem with Puerilism", Art in America, Summer pp. 162 & 163
Smith, Roberta, "East Village Art Wars", Village Voice, July 17, p. 79
Bankowsky, Jack, review, East Village Eye, August, p. 37
There is Only One Clique and You are the Only One", Paris Review, Issue 92, Summer, pp. 95-101
La Palma, Marina & Gardener, Coin, "Mark Kostabi at Molly Barnes , images & Issues, May/June, pp. 46 & 48
"Interview with Mark Kostabi by Everyman", Gem Magazine, Issue 2, cover, p. 7
Bankowsky, Jack, "Graffiti Grows Up: East Village Galleries", New York Native, Sept. 10-23, p. 24
"Mark on Mark", New York Talk, Sept. , p. 41
McCormick, Carlo, "The Periphery of Pluralism", The East Village Scene, (catalogue), pp. 48 & 49
Mulcahy, Susan, "Deep in the Art of the East Village...", New York Post, Page Six, Oct. 22
Sozanski, Edward, "The East Village Scene in Diverse Artistry", The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 16, p. SC
Robinson, Waiter, "Mark Kostabi at Hal Bromm", Art in America, Nov., p. 154
Heartney, Eleanor, "Mark Kostabi at Hal Bromm", ART news, Dec., p. 156
McCormick, Carlo, "The East..Village Scene", (catalogue), Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Hoffman, Randi, "Big Painting Disappears'Without a Trace", The Hoffman Dispatch, Nov. 22 - Dec. 5, p. 1
Bankowsky, Jack, "Marginal Effects", New York Natlve, Dec. 17-30, p. 53
Neff, M.A., "No Room for Mistakes", Interview, Holiday Issue
McCormick, Carlo, "Guide to East Village Artists - New York, Report on a Phenomenon"; (catalogue), University of California/Santa Barbara
Blinderman, Barry, "Contemporary Perspectives - Pop Symbolism", (catalogue), Bucknell Univeristy, Lewisberg, Pennsylvania
"The Parodic Power of Popular Imagery", (catalogue), Bayside, New York
Pate, Pattie, "Perceptions of the Figure", Art'Week, Mar. 16, p. 16
McGill, Douglas, "For Artists, New Paths to Success", New York Times, April 11, p. C19
Spin, June, pp. 17 & 18
Spin, July, pp. 58 & 59
New York Times, May 13, pp. A18 & A19
Brennan, Mark, "Mark Kostabi, Lost Innocence", Manhattan Arts, June, pp. 14-18
New York Times, June 17, p. A19
New Art Examiner, "Quote of the Month", June, p. 6
Yoshida, Koichi, "Mark Kostabi", Illustration (Japan), August, no. 35, pp. 46-49, 60-63
O'Beil, Hedy, "Mark Kostabi", Arts, Sept.
Heartney, Eleanor, "Mark Kostabi", ARTnews, Sept.
Robinson, Waiter, "Mark Kostabi at Hal Bromm", Art in America, Sept.
Penn, Amy, "Brushing Up on Young Talent", New York Post, Nov. 8
Woolcock, Phyllis, "More than just a salesman", The Australian, Sept. 14
Follent, Sarah, "Blank faces fill the bill for look at computer age", The Australian, Sept. 24
Mossman, Tam, "Mark Kostabi's Sensuous Syntax", review of show at Cava
Rooney, Robert, "Young artists adding zeros to their prices", The Australian, November
Rooney, Robert, "USA in Super Rodneyvision", The Australian, Nov. 12
Penn, Amy, "Brushing Up On Young Talent", The New York Post, Nov. 8
Art & Artists, Nov./Dec., illustration
The New York Times
The New York Times, Jan. 6, illustration
Prince, Dinah, "The Royal Brushoff at Palladium", ("Downtown"), Daily News, Jan. 10
Jones, Alan, "Class of 1990", New York Talk, Jan.
Kohen, "'Focus New York' hails latest in art", The Miami Herald, Jan. 10
Art & Artists, Jan./Feb., illustration

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