|Stanko, a lifelong Long Islander, has been showing his unique and whimsical art for over 25 years. From his home in Valley Stream to the world beyond, he finds endless inspiration in the iconic, the familiar and even the mundane (sunflowers, beach scenes, maybe even a grilled cheese sandwich), and each painting is lovingly created with bright fields of color in his signature eye-catching style. Stanko’s paintings are buoyant and optimistic, reflective of his colorful outlook on the world around him, and sprinkled with wit and plain old fun.|
Stanko’s work has been exhibited at the Ripe Gallery in Greenlawn, Mistretta Gallery in Locust Valley, the Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton, the Empire State Building and many other venues in the New York metropolitan area. He has been featured in a variety of print and television interviews, and has donated paintings to benefit breast cancer , ALS, and The Ronald McDonald House, among other causes. Stanko’s works are in the collection of Vice President Al Gore, The City of New York, 1-800- Flowers, Snapple Corporation, Memorial Sloan Kettering and many other private collections. He has designed various book covers published in the U.S and abroad and album covers for American folk artist Caroline Doctorow, daughter of author E.L. Doctorow.
Stanko is represented by The Ripe Art Gallery in Huntington, New York.