Born and raised in Dublin, Stano has been a vibrant presence in the creative world of music composition, performance art and painting in Dublin since the late 1970’s. An incredibly prolific artist he has released 8 albums, created the score for many productions and taken part in numerous group and solo art exhibitions.
A self-taught artist, Stano works in oils on very strong and abstract themes. He creates highly individual and creative work that draws inspiration from the natural landscape and serves as a visual expression of the unusual arrangements and diversity of his music. He is greatly influenced by the natural history and traditional cultures of both Australia and New Zealand and sees many similarities and parallels between them and Ireland. In interpreting the parallels and similarities between Celtic, Aboriginal and Maori culture, Stano has developed a unique technique in expressing this subject matter. Stano often uses layered imagery and repeated motifs to give depth and expression to his subject matter.
His paintings abstract in theme use imagery and depth to suggest the mystery that lies within. His work has been praised for its intricate detail coupled with a complex painting technique and the use of vibrant colour.
Stano has exhibited several times at the Axis Arts Centre in Dublin, his work has been featured in the Signal Arts Centre in Bray and the Ti Chulainn Arts Centre in Co. Derry. His work can be found in private, corporate and public collections throughout Ireland.
He will be exhibiting in City Hall, Dublin in August 2007.
Stano spent the late 1970's and early 1980's immersed in the Dublin
punk scene, he teamed up with Dublin combo The Threat, and, with the group, released Lullaby in C/High Cost of Living. While the band broke up, Stano continued to experiment with sound, spending his free time exploring the fusion of music, everyday sounds, original poetry, and visual images.
In 1982, encouraged by friend Vinnie Murphy (musician/film director), Stano released his first solo record, which featured the single Room/Town. His subsequent albums, including Content to Write in I Dine Weathercraft,
Seducing Decadence, The Protagonist 28 Nein, and Daphne Will Be Born Again, Only (the debut album for U2s Mother Records) and Wreckage have received critical acclaim and been noted for being always ahead of their time.
Currently (2007) he has just released a compilation album of his early works which includes two new tracks from his forthcoming album. This latest work involves Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy), Colm O'Ciosoig (My Bloody Valentine/Mazy Star, Colm Hassett (Whipping Boy) and artist/guitarist Donald Teskey.