Stan Slabbinck aka STSJASTA (1973), was born in Bruges Belgium.
After visiting Amsterdam in 1988, he was amazed by the directness, the rebelliousness , the strong forms, the colour combinations that characterised graffiti and began creating this art form when he was 15 years old.
In the Academie of Fine Arts of Bruges he met up with Jamzjamezon and together formed the JASTA Crew.
At 19 he became a teacher at the Academie of Fine Arts of Ostend for 2 years and when a group of youngsters saw Stan at work, they asked him and their principal if they could start an experimental graffiti-Class, they did! In a fun atmosphere they created many colorful walls.
He finished his studies in Ghent at the art schools Sint-Lucas en Kask. Studying drawing, painting, sculpture and animation.
Through drawing he discovered sculpture and used thrash and recycling materials. Cardboard and plastic bottles formed robots, Multimedia was key.
He developed an interest in tattoo, worked in Burma as a sculptor and made stylised animal forms in bronze.
After, he worked for a firm that made decorations and sculptures for theme-parcs all over Europe, driven by the craftsmanship that it produces.
There he was the head-painter, designing, working on projects in Disney-Paris, Tomorrowland festival, Port-aventura, Plopsa, De Efteling, …
He has now returned once more to his original roots and creates murals, drawings, sculptures and paintings.
Nature plays a big part in his work, with a socially critical twist, man vs nature. Making a queen bee with trash furniture in this quick to dispose society.
The bee that takes care of the others, symbolic, working together, only taking what is necessary, in perfect balance. The beauty of small life humans could learn a lot from.
Natures beauty, our world vs the pollution and the imbalance that humankind creates. Humankind that is also capable of great things.
Playing with subjects like insects, symbolism, spiritualism, calligraphy, the green-man, gods of nature, the cosmos, anti-materialism… combining it together, shuffling them and seeing how it forms.
Starting from sketches he lets the momentum and his surroundings play a role in the finished result. Spraycans, paint, pencils, markers are the instruments in use, creating a kind of spontaneous freedom which transfers into energy.
STSJASTA Artwork Photo Gallery:
All Pictures by STSJASTA
About Street Art in Flanders you can also read:
Flanders Street Artists you absolutely need to know – ROA “Lifesize Animal Murals” – Interview with Smates “Talented Street Artist from Flanders” – Dzia Street Artist from Antwerp “Animals on the wall” – SMOK interview in Antwerp – Klaas Van der Linden “talented street artist based in Ghent” – Interview with Sam Scarpulla “Street Artist in Ghent”