David Stark is the Founder and President of Artestar, an international brand licensing and consulting firm specializing in established fine art, fashion and design brands. The firm works with its clients to promote their brands, and model and execute licensing programs by analyzing product, market, and customer trends. Some of the firm’s current clients include the Keith Haring Foundation, the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the Herb Ritts Foundation, Ai Weiwei, Hajime Sorayama, Maripol and Erik Parker, among others.
Artestar’s customers operate in a broad range of categories from fashion brands to household consumer products. Some of the firm’s customers include Coach, Uniqlo, L’Oreal, Raf Simons, Comme Des Garcons, and Inditex. Artestar was founded in 2003. Mr. Starkalso owns and operates Flatiron Editions, a fine art publisher and Rome Pays Off, a product manufacturer and consumer brand.
Through his interests in the visual arts, Mr. Stark began working for the world-famous artist Keith Haring in 1989 until the artist's death. He managed Haring’s estate for nine years handling its business relations with museums, galleries, publishers, advertisers, and product manufacturers. In 2000, he was recruited to launch and become the President of AM&M, a subsidiary of Merchandising Munich, where he began representing several high profile creative professionals and corporate brands in the structuring of license agreements, exhibition management, publishing arrangements, and brand related businesses. Mr. Stark is a member ofthe Board of Directors of the Keith Haring Foundation, where he is also a corporate officer. He holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.B.A from Columbia University.