Tono Stano

Tono Stano

He was born on 24th March 1960 in Slovakia. Tono Stano studied the Secondary school of applied arts in Bratislava in 1975–1979. Then, in 1986 he finished the School of Film, Photography and Television (FAMU) in Prague. Since 1986 he works as an independent art photographer. He lives with his family in Prague.

Photographer Tono Stano’s name is now a world-renowned brand. He became famous primarily thanks to his monochrome female nudes, celebrity portraits as well as advertising and applied photography. His photographs are favourite with private collectors, and they also constitute a part of a number of public collections both in the Czech Republic and abroad. He has arranged many solo and group exhibitions on prestigious exhibition premises all over the world. The work of Tono Stano has been published in several monographs.

The white shadows of Tono Stano’s photographs crowded the walls of the Václav Špála Gallery at Národní třída in Prague. The author constantly adds to the series of photographs whose origins date back to 1991. Together with Pavel Lagner, the exhibit’s curator, Stano has chosen about 60 photographs made between 1992 and 2011 for the Václav Špála Gallery. Their characteristic trait is that all that is black is actually white, and vice versa. This is the first time that the photographs have been exhibited in the Czech Republic on such a broad scale.

Virtual panoramatic tour – exhibition White Shadow in V. Špála Gallery:

First floor 1

First floor 2

Second floor 1

Second floor 2

The introductory address for the exhibit at the Václav Špála Gallery comes courtesy of poet, writer and musician Jáchym Topol: “Tono Stano, in whose works we are used to perceive the pulse of feminine beauty, has now dragged his models, most often girls and ladies, in from a masquerade, a wild carnival, or perhaps straight from the ghostly women’s Ship of Fools. Or maybe he just ran into them on Petřín. Yes! It must have been at a slightly weird feast, most likely in moonlight, in the grass between the trees on the top of Petřín. They grimace and distort their faces, naked or dressed in whatever was available in the studio. They are provocative, dreamy and wild-looking, the denizens of the world where shadows are white.”

2004

Institut Fran¢ais, Budapest, HUN

Galerie Baudelaire, Antwerp, BEL

2002 

Fascination, Galerie G4, Cheb, CZE

Galerie Waldburger & Slovak Institute & Czech Centre, Berlin, DEU

Fascination, Dům umění, Brno, CZE

Czech Centre Bratislava, SVK

Fascination, Galerie Fiducia, Ostrava, CZE

2001 

Fascination, Prague House of Photography, Prague, CZE

Photo l.a., booth of Galerie Waldburger/Photofront, Los Angeles, USA

2000 

Schoren, St. Gallen, CHE

1996 

Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, NLD

Dom kultury, Bratislava, SVK

1995 

National Technical Museum, Prague, CZE

1993 

Ambrosiana, Brno, CZE

1992 

Galerie U Řečických, Prague, CZE

1990 

Le pont neuf Gallery, Paris, FRA  

Centre Culturel des Prémontrés, Pont-à-Mouson, FRA

Galerie G4, Cheb, CZE

Mala Gallery, Warsaw, POL

Fondation Nationale de la Photographie, Lyon, FRA

1989 

Musée Lapidaire, Lectoure, FRA

Galerie G4, Cheb, CZE

1988 

Galerija Ars, Ljubljana, SVN

1987 

Galerie Fabrik, Hamburg, DEU

1986 

Fotochema, Prague, CZE

1985 

Walbrzyska Galeria Fotografií, Walbrzych, POL

1984 

FAMU, Lázaňský palác, Prague, CZE

Galeria Fotografií Okno, Legnica, POL

2005

The Nude in Czech Photography, Kostis Palamas Hall, Athens, GRC

2004

Umělecká beseda Slovenská, Bratislava, SVK

2002

Dom umenia, Bratislava, SVK

Fotobiennale, Moscow, RUS

Czech Centre, Paris, FRA

2000

The Nude in Czech Photography, Císařská konírna Pražskékeho hradu, Prague, CZE

1999

Czech photography in the 1990s’, Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago, USA

Vartu, Vilnius, LTU

Mücsarnok, Budapest, HUN

Czech and Slovak Staged Photography, Czech Centre, New York, USA

Contemporary Czech & Slovak Photography, David Scott Gallery, Toronto, USA

1998

Czech Photography in the 20th Century, The Eli Lemberger Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai, Israel

1997

The Body in Contemporary Czech Photography, Macintosh Gallery, Glasgow, GBR

Salmovsky palace, Prague, CZE

10 ans de photographie , Reims, FRA

1995

Galerie G4, Cheb, CZE

The Nude in Czech Photography, Kostis Palamas Hall, Athens, GRC

1994

After the Velvet Revolution: Contemporary Czech and Slovak Photography, The Photography Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, AUS

Prague House of Photography, Prague, CZE 

1993

In & Out of Czechoslovakia, The Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, GB

Preview, Galerie Marzee, Nijimegen, NLD

A la recherché du père, Nouveau Forum des Halles, Paris, FRA

Czech & Slovak Photography, Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, USA

Between Image & Vision, Ironworks Gallery, Coatbridge, GBR

What’s new: Prague, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

1991

Slovak Staged Photography, Museum of Dance, Stockholm, SWE

Zeitgenössische Tschechoslowakische Fotografie, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, DEU

Photographie Tchécoslovaque 1940-1990, Centre Culturel, André Malraux, Vandeouvre-lès-Nancy, FRA

Photographie Tchécoslovaque 1940-1990, L’Aubette, Strasbourg, FRA

Die neue Kontinuität 1970-1990, Progressive Fotografie in der Tschechoslowakei, Städtisches Museum, Mühlheim, DEU

Contemporary Czechoslovak Photography, Exposition Park, Tokyo, JAP

1990

La Tchécoslovaquie à Arles, Palais de l’Archevêché, Arles, FRA

Photographie progressive en Tchécoslovaquie 1920-1990, Galerie Robert Doisneau, Nancy, FRA

Slovak Photography of the 1980s’, Warsaw PLN and Moscow RUS

Positivität, Fotogalerie, Vienna, AUT

Vision d’Homme, Chatêau d’Eau, Toulouse, FRA

Czech Symbolism, Výstavní síň Uluv, Prague, CZE

1989

Prix Air France, Ville de Paris, Paris, FRA

French Institute, Prague, CZE

Prager Trio, Czechoslovak Centre, Berlin, DEU

Junge Photographen aus der CSSR, Galerie Treptow, Berlin, DEU

Four Photographers from Prague, Aix-en-Provence , FRA

1988

Preis für junge europäische Photographen, Galerie Faber, Vienna, AUT 

De Prague et de Bohême, Espace Jules Verne, Brétigny sur Orge, FRA

Questioning Europe, Photography Biennale, Rotterdam, NLD

Fotochema, Prague, CZE

1987

Preis für junge europäische Photographen, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DEU

Galerie G4, Cheb

1986

La jeune photographie Tchécoslovaque, Arena, Arles, FRA

Mánes, Prague, CZE

Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, CZE

1985

27 Contemporary Czechoslovak Photographers, The Photographer’s Gallery, London and Bristol, UK

Ursprung und Gegenwart tschechoslowakischer Photographie ,Fotografie Forum, Frankfurt, DEU 

Il nudo nella fotografia dell’Est Europa, Torina Fotografia ’85, Torino, IT

1984

FOMA, Prague, CZE

Art Institute, Chicago, USA

Bibiliothèque Nationale, Paris, FRA

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, FRA

Moravská galerie, Brno, CZE

Museum Ludwig, Köln, GER

National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, GBR

Slovenská narodna galeria, Bratislava, SVK

Uměleckoprůmyslové museum, Prague, CZE

and in various other public and private collections.

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