"I don’t consider myself a ‘collage artist,’ but I would say that collage describes my thinking process – nonlinear, absurd, sometimes beautiful, sometimes grotesque and fragmented." ~ Ransome Stanley
Stanley was born in 1953 to a Nigerian father and a German mother. When Ransom Stanley was five, his mother moved with him and his two younger siblings, a sister and a brother, to their parents in Baden-Württemberg. Stanley grew up in Grenzach. He first attended a grammar school in Germany and later a private grammar school in Switzerland.
Education and Career
Stanley studied at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart from 1975 to 1979 and was a master student at Merz. In 1979, he received a guest studio scholarship from GEDOK Stuttgart. Since 1986 he has been working as a freelance artist. Stanley's pictures, drawings, sketches and collages contain recourse to ciphers from African art and illuminate his own identity, which is shaped by its origins in two cultures.
Andreas Kühne, university professor at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, commented on Stanley's drawings at an exhibition in the Markt Bruckmühl gallery: Experience Art Transformation. The pairs of opposites, proximity and distance, or past and present, played a major role. "As static as the drawings may appear at first, closer inspection reveals their spatial dimension, which sharpens the view for the non-simultaneous." According to a report in the Upper Bavarian Volksblatt, Stanley presents "representational drawings, some with quotation fragments, which only superficially suggest a statement, but on closer inspection leave room for an exploration, for an intellectual debate."
Stanley lives and works in Munich. He is married and has two children.