Archive for May 23, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Mark Kostabi

Mark Kostabi is an awesome artist dealing with the figure in using a sleek and minimalist approach similar to the British artist Julien Opie or street legend Keith Haring. Mark Kostabi was born in 1960 in Los Angeles, California. In 1982 moved to New York and became influential on the art  scene a couple of years later.

Splits most time between studios in New York city and Rome, Italy.

The artist has been on 60 minutes.

Like his brother Paul, also a musician. What an artistic family.

Wrote for answering questions about being an artist. I would call this site similar to

For his artistic education Kostabi attended California State University, Fullerton.

In this clip a brief interview on the artist and he explains his origins with art in elementary school.

In this clip we visit our dear friend and fellow art lover James Kalm. Kalm has known Kostabi for many decades. I often include James Kalm’s reports in the artists I profile. He does a great job capturing the setting and atmosphere of a show opening asking artists and curators about their works.

Kostabi has had a successful commercial advertising career designing album covers for Guns and Roses and even a Swatch brand watch.

Another great example of art and business lies with the artist’s brother Paul Kostabi born in 1962. . He started his own brand putting art decals and images on mobile devices like I-phones and tablets! Awesome. Paul Kostabi is a businessman, visual artist, and  professional musician. Paul Kostabi is included in prominent museums the Guggenheim in New York and Whitney Museum of Art. Below a great example of Paul Kostabi’s style. The name of his brand designing art covers  is BAD THINGS.


Below a clip showing more of Paul Kostabi’s style. I enjoy the way he references other artist’s in his work such as Basquiat and Warhol.

Mark Kostabi a debut album titled I Did it Steinway was released in 1998.

Many works are priced between $2,000 and $10,000. Some very rare color lithographs have sold for nearly $40,000 at auction.

Yet another very artistic family who are professional level at both visual and audio arts. Their parents did a wonderful job!


Artist of the moment…..Mpane Aime Enkobo

Aime Enkobo is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and is one of the most renown artists on all the African continent. Aime Enkobo was born in 1968 in Kinshasa, Congo.

Enkobo studied at the Institute des Beaux-Arts in his hometown taking classes in both sculpting and painting. Enkobo also studied abroad in Belgium at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels, La Cambre in Brussels, Belgium.

Aime Enkobo is renown for working in series dealing with portraits of people. Enkobo is different from mainstream artists for the fact he uses carved wood panel, rather than the flat ones most of us purchase in stores. I am in the latter category, its okay! He uses the texture and look of the wood to add interesting affects to the portraits. This technique of using dimension reminds me of the great Robert Zakanitch, a member of the Pattern and Design movement that I covered not long ago, who uses this technique to add dimension to his floral works. This clip with James Kahn in my post shows great examples of this technique as well as other members of the Pattern and Design movement.

Included in major museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Major exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Africa.

Enkobo also works with oils and various mixed media giving his surface a wonderfully textured surface.

Price range: Most original works are priced between $3,000 and $8,000.

Artist of the moment……Street Artist Miss Van….

Miss Van, also known as Vanessa Castex, is a street artist born in Toulouse, France in 1973. She is known for portraying doll like characters. She began putting her art on the walls of her city in 1991. Her drawings of very emotional and distressed women angered some feminists, but she says this just makes her work feel more personal.

In the 1990s Miss Van added to her fame by working on a series of collaborations with the artist Mademoiselle Kat or Miss Kat. Both dealth mainly with female characters, and Mademoiselle Kat seems to have a slightly more positive outlook and traditional beautiful women. Below a great example of Miss Kat’s work.


price range information: Prints available  starting at 250 euros.

In this clip we visit a show by Miss Van from 2007 in Paris, France.

A link to the website of Miss Van A great website with much more information about the artist and some newer prints for sale:

Unlike most artists Miss Van doesn’t work with spray paint, but rather with acrylic paints and brushes.

A great interview with Miss Van.

In this clip we visit the artist at work an wall. One thing that is apparent on her website is that she loves to produce art that is widely accessible to the public.

Miss Van has moved to Spain. 

Another great example of an artist making it in the world! From street art to now working on a book and with prints available Miss Van is a wonderful example of how street artists have moved into the mainstream of everyday life!


Artist of the moment…..Omar Rayo

>Omar Rayo was a wonderful painter from Colombia that specialized in basic geometric shapes and explosive color in his work. Born in 1928 in Roldanillo, Valle del Cauca, Colomia, Rayo was one of the first internationally renown Op-artists. Some other names in the movement would be the British artist Bridget Riley and the French/ Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely. For his pallete Rayo used mainly black, white, and red. In this manner he was similar to Piet Mondrian.

price range information: Omar Rayo worked with acrylics, oils, and plastic sculptures. The works range from $10,000 to $65,000.

For his collegiate studies Omar Rayo attended the Academia Zier de Buenes Aires located in Argentina.

With his own money the artist opened up a museum to showcase his works in his hometown in Colombia. The museum contains more than 2,000 works by Rayo and more than 500 by other well known artists hailing from Latin America. The museum is a great location and besides the original artwork has a library, theater, and workshop to study graphics design. Rayo founded the museum with a majority of his own monies with some assistance from the Colombian government. The building was designed by renown Mexican architect Leopoldo Gout.

When only 19 years old Rayo got his start in the commercial art world working as an newspaper and magazine illustrator.

Omar Rayo passed away in 2010 at the age of 82 years old.

A great selection of works by the artist.

Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Part of many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Institute of Art in Chicago, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan.

Spent much of his life living in Colombia, Mexico, and New York city.

Omar Rayo was among the first artist to work on specially shaped canvases. In this clip we see some of these works.



Artist of the moment…..Kenneth Noland….

Kenneth Noland is wonderful artist known for his use of circles in his artwork.  Kenneth Noland was born in 1924 in Asheville, North Carolina. Noland is associated with two artistic movements, color field painting and abstract expressionism. Noland’s father was a doctor. The artist enrolled in the Air Force as soon as he finished high school. It was 1942 and the United States was in the thick of World War 2.

The main emphasis of Noland’s work is simple design with a great use of color.

After finishing his tours of duty Noland used the G.I. bill to enroll as a student at Black Mountain College. Whilst at this college he studied under the great Ilya Bolotowsky. Bolotowsky has been featured on this blog recently. A goodwill shopper was able to find an original that she bought for less than one hundred dollars and sold for more than $30,000 at auction.

Noland loved to paint with basic geometric shapes.  Most works are targets, circles, stripes, and irregular shaped canvases.

price range information: Noland worked with oils and acrylics and both range from $10,000 to more than $600,000.

Kenneth Noland passed away in 2010 at the age of 85 years old.

Below is a wonderful montage of the artists work.

Keep exposing yourself to as much art as possible!