Stano G. was born in 1972 in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). He studied at The Graphic School of Bratislava, 1986 – 1991, working as a printing press operator and studying the history of printing, graphic design, book-making, and typesetting. As the concurrent revolution in then-Czechoslovakia progressed, Stano was exposed to a spectrum of printed propaganda and protest through his work at the printing press, including the fliers secretly printed for protests. Some years after the revolution, Stano moved to the U.S., carrying with him the themes of Soviet propaganda, nationalism, and revolution that surrounded his life in Czechoslovakia. Those themes and the related symbols emerged in his work as the foundation of his own esthetic and symbolism. The artist was also involved in the Punk scene in Czechoslovakia, and later in the US as a DJ with the pirate radio stations “Free Radio Austin” and “KAOS RADIO” based in Austin, Texas. The music programs focused on the underground music scenes in Soviet Block countries.
Stano (center) in front of the local pub in Piestany, Czechoslovakia in 1991.
Poster for Radio Show (1999) for Stano’s radio program “Dangerous Musik During Komunizm” with the pirate radio station “Free Radio Austin” based in Austin, Texas. The music program focused on the underground music scenes in Post-Soviet Block countries.