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If you love art and fascinating people, you need to see “Con Artist” immediately. “Con Artist” is the story of artist Mark Kostabi. The film traces his roots growing up in Whitter, California to his jet setting life of present day where he resides in New York and Rome. “Con Artist” is a fascinating portrait of a fascinating man. Mark Kostabi rose to the top of the art world in the 80s on his own terms by doing something so many successful people fail to do – tell the truth. Kostabi exposed the truth about the phoniness of the art world by admitting that he often only served as a creative director to the works he sold for large sums of money and sometimes he had nothing to do with them – as so many artists do but refuse to discuss. He gained fame and success but he lost it all because there’s one thing people do not like to hear even though they claim they want to hear it – the truth. The truth hurts and Kostabi was not afraid to speak up and expose it.
But that’s just one layer of Mark Kostabi. Along the way, he’s tried his hand in everything from sculpture to composing music to being a game show host (where contestants can title his paintings for a cash prize)! He’s also appeared on countless TV shows, shown his art all over the world and met the world’s elite from Andy Warhol to the Pope. Some people love him. Some people hate him. Some people say he’s the nicest guy on the planet. Others say he’s the devil incarnate. Is the entire movie a hoax? That’s up to you to decide. One thing is for sure, Mark Kostabi leaves no gray area about what side of the fence he stands on and that’s too much for most people to handle. I think it’s fantastic! I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time with Mark Kostabi and after meeting thousands of famous people in my life, I think he’s one of the most interesting (and nicest) people I’ve ever met. Form your opinion. “Con Artist” is available on Amazon.com as well as Netflix.