Kostabi, Mark

Renowned painter, Mark Kostabi talks about his path to becoming one of the world’s most prolific and talked about artists, and also outlines his six rules for making it in the art world.

“A mistake that artists frequently make is that they think, ‘If only I could get a gallery to represent my work, then all my problems would be solved.’ The mistake is the singularity. They shouldn’t be saying, ‘If only I could get a gallery’; they should be thinking, ‘If only I could get ten galleries,’ because one is not enough.”

Mark Kostabi has been a significant figure in the contemporary art world since the 1980s, and his paintings are held in permanent collections around the world including Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. Retrospectives of Kostabi’s works have been held in Japan and Estonia, and he has been featured in a wide array of books, art publications, television programs and documentary films. Kostabi also hosts his own television show, The Kostabi Show.