Slovakia / United States
Stano Grezdo was born in 1972 in Piestany, 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,
Grezdo 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, Grezdo moved to the U.S., carrying with him the themes of Soviet propa- ganda, 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 Post-SovietBlock countries. Stano currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.