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 http://www.artnet.com answering questions about being an artist. I would call this site similar to http://www.wetcanvas.com.

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.

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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!

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