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Paul Kostabi

1962 Whittier, CA, United States

8 Works exhibited

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae

Paul Kostabi (Paul Indrek Kostabi) was born in 1962 in Whittier, California. He is an American artist, musician, music producer and audio engineer. He is the brother of artist Mark Kostabi. He became part of the CBGB Festival in 2014 exhibiting paintings alongside photographers Bob Gruen, Michael Lavine and Chris Stein. He also painted live in Times Square while Devo and Jane's Addiction performed. Paul Kostabi collaborated with Dee Dee Ramone on many paintings, a fanzine called Taking Dope, and illustrated the cover of Chelsea Horror Hotel penned by Dee Dee Ramone. Paul  worked with graffiti artist LAII (Angel Ortiz) where a few of their collaborations were sold at auction and to private collectors. 

His works are best known for being psychedelically intense with faces gleaming outward from the canvas designed with outbursts of color and unique depictions. His abstractions leans toward that of Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Giles Lyon. Paul is noted for having a very laid back persona; he can be happy to paint on a museum quality canvas, or just some piece of card board found in a dumpster. His spirit guides him, and this is what stands out the most while viewing his work: that free spirited effort that is felt between each brush stroke; that sudden out burst of paint splattering like a splash from a Jackson Pollock painting, or the cartoonish depictions he will execute with attention and detail. His work bridges childish careless expressionism with a fierce determined abstract passion for painting, creating an impressive body of landscapes, still lives, and iconic self portraits. 

Paul Kostabi paintings are present in permanent collections of: Paterson Museum, New Jersey, Guggenheim Museum, New York, New England Museum of Art Brooklyn, Connecticut Millennium Museum, Whitney Museum of Art, Video, Paper Tiger Sessions, Museion Museum, Bozen, Italy.

Paul Kostabi paintings are present in permanent collections of:

  • Paterson Museum, New Jersey
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • New England Museum of Art, Brooklyn, Connecticut
  • Millennium Museum
  • Whitney Museum of Art, Video, Paper Tiger Sessions
  • Museion Museum, Bolzano, Italy


  • 1983 Long Beach Poets Society, Long Beach, California
  • 1984 Fashion Moda Gallery Group show, New York
  • 1984 Casa Nada Gallery, New York
  • 1985 No Se No Gallery, New York
  • 1985 Ronald Feldman Gallery Group show, New York
  • 1986 Edge Gallery group show Fullerton
  • 1989 USA Gallery, New York
  • 1991 Tunnel Gallery, New York
  • 1994 Orenzans Foundation group show, New York
  • 1995 ABC No RIO Gallery Group show, New York
  • 1999 Great Linford Manor, Milton Keynes
  • 1999 PANX, Tolosa
  • 2001 Musical Tragedies Internet show, Furth
  • 2001 Destroy All Music, Silverlake
  • 2001 Dark Delicacies, Burbank
  • 2001 SPA, New York
  • 2001 Lakeside Lounge, New York
  • 2001 Max Fish, New York
  • 2001 Taylors, Photo Show, New York
  • 2002 Gallerie Haus, Norimberga
  • 2002 Saletta De' Arte Viviani, Pisa
  • 2002 Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, con Dee Dee Ramone
  • 2009 Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, Taormina

Works by Paul Kostabi

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