Artist and Composer Mark Kostabi was born
in Los Angeles in 1960 to Estonian immigrants.
He was raised in Whittier, California
and studied drawing and painting at California
State University, Fullerton.
1982 he moved to New York and by 1984
became a leading figure of the East Village
art movement. He developed a provocative
media persona by publishing self-interviews
that commented on the commodification
of contemporary art. In 1988 he founded
Kostabi World -- a studio, gallery and
office complex known for openly employing
painting assistants and idea people.
exhibitions of his work have been held
at the Mitsukoshi Museum in Tokyo (1992)
and the Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn
(1998). Kostabi's work is in the permanent
collections of the Museum of Modern Art,
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim
Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Corcoran
Gallery of Art, The National Gallery of
Modern Art in Rome and the Groninger Museum
in Holland. His permanent public works
include a mural in the Palazzo dei Priori
in Arezzo, Italy and a large bronze sculpture,
"To See Through is Not to See Into",
in the central square of San Benedetto
del Tronto, Italy.