Kostabi, Mark

Known as one of the seminal and most controversial artists to emerge from the Post-Modern era, Mark Kostabi has become internationally recognized as a highly accomplished painter and cultural personality whose art and actions have formed a compelling social critique.

Shifting roles from acclaimed painter of dark social truths, to media prankster, to entrepreneur of a multimillion-dollar studio, Kostabi has transcended and transformed the fundamental categories used to describe artistic possibility and creation.

Featured in more than 500 exhibits worldwide, his signature themes address the interplay between media and reality, and grapple with the very meaning of ambition.

Kostabi’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Groninger Museum in Holland and the Seibu and the Mitsukoshi museums in Japan.


As an art dealer/broker/consultant for many years, I write this recommendation for Solomon Cohen with utmost appreciation for, and confidence in, his service as a conservator of fine art and for his acumen as an appraiser.

My experience working with Mr. Cohen encompasses approximately eight (8) years now. He has performed every challenge I brought to him with absolute professionalism, courtesy, timeliness and impeccable technical skill. In addition, he is a scholar, poet, researcher, a noteworthy artist himself, and the absolute gentleman. All of these elements are incorporated into his analysis of a project, and then literally into the working situation of restoring the work to its original state and/or intent of the work of art itself.

Further, I do not hesitate to refer Mr. Cohen directly to my clients for their art requirements, either for restoration or appraisal services. He has proven to be entirely trustworthy and reliable in each situation. I am comfortable knowing that all of my clients needs are handled with the same care and excellence of service without deference to actual value.

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Miki G. Kazmarek
Gallery La Scala