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About the WorkA man of many talents Mark Kostabi is best known for his paintings of faceless mannequin-like figures. He always depicts the subjects as faceless; He believes this ambiguous quality bestows a universal language into his work that is free of racial limitations and gives an unbiased reflection of society’s fear of individuality.
Although Kostabi’s characters are faceless to create a sense of inclusiveness for all.
In “Embracing Diversity” we see two people with different backgrounds coming together. Their background is only detailed by the location. One location is Dubai with Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in view, and the other location remains elusive behind flames; It could be anywhere in the world, but because diversity is like a fire, it can come together in the most unexpected of places. “Embracing Diversity” is 23.5 x 17.75 – inch oil on canvas.
About the Artist
Artist and composer Mark Kostabi was born in Los Angeles, in 1960 to an Estonian immigrant family. He studied traditional mediums, such as drawing and painting, at California State University in Fullerton. In 1982, he moved to New York City and by 1984 became a leading figure of the East Village art scene, which included artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Basquiat, and others. Throughout his art career, he has cultivated a provocative media persona by publishing self-interviews. In 1988, he founded Kostabi World – a large New York studio known for openly employing numerous painting assistants and ‘idea people’ to produce artwork. Today, Mark Kostabi’s work is displayed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) the Guggenheim Musem, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Groninger Museum in Holland. The Mitsukoshi Museum in Tokyo has held a 100 painting retrospective of his work, and he has had over 500 gallery exhibitions worldwide. Kostabi has appeared on every major network talk show since the 1980s, including Oprah. He has also worked on album covers for musical icons the Guns N’Roses and Ramones.