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Mark Corsi, Poster Art celebrated Buffalo when others looked away

Elmwood Avenue fixture Mark Corsi has been remembered and his life celebrated since his passing last week from cancer at the age of 61.

Among all his endeavors, he is remembered most for his humanity and kindness for everyone, but most especially for those who were in no position to repay him.

Aside from the countless daily acts born of his warmheartedness, Buffalo owes Corsi a great debt for being one of the great believers in our city. He built a business on celebrating Buffalo, when even those of us who loved the 716 weren’t helping create art that celebrated our city while also being very approachable and universally loved.

From a Poster Art purchased poster celebrating Elmwood Avenue in the mid 1980s.

Even if you don’t own a poster that has been through Corsi’s iconic Poster Art at Elmwood and Bird, if you have lived the last 20 or 30 years identifying as a Buffalonian, you have at least identified with – and probably loved – a Corsi project.

His gentle way with people and animals extended to our city when it needed it the most, and helped us find things we loved about the everyday here in Buffalo even when that was a lot more difficult than it is now.

A poster from Poster Art celebrates Elmwood Avenue in the mid-1980s.

And aside from helping to keep the Western New York flame lit, Corsi’s outlet for artists inspired capturing decades’ worth of daily life here.

Corsi’s legacy of kindness toward Buffalo and its people will live on in hearts and poster frames for generations to come.

A poster from Poster Art celebrates Elmwood Avenue in the mid-1980s.

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