Mark Kostabi (American, b.1960) is a painter best known for work that depicts faceless figures in Surrealist-inspired settings. Born in Los Angeles, he studied painting and drawing at California State University, Fullerton, before moving to New York in 1981. He opened a studio in downtown Manhattan called Kostabi World, where he continues to hire assistants to come up with ideas for his paintings and execute them on canvas. Kostabi only signs his work and focuses on marketing and self-promotion. He organizes Name That Painting, a game show that invites art critics and celebrities to title Kostabi’s work for cash prizes. Some recurring themes in his work include alienation, corporate greed, and the contemporary production of art. One of his recent works, Chain of Desire (2005), Kostabi comments on his own methodology by depicting an artist working on a laptop that is connected to the back of a painter’s assistant. Kostabi has worked on a number of commercial projects, including an album cover design for the Guns N’ Roses album Use Your Illusion and the Ramones album Adios Amigos. His work is held in several museum collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the National Gallery of Art in Rome. He lives and works in New York.