Born in Poland, Stanislas Kostka chose to pursue art and journeyed to Paris where
he flourished, eventually finding Sarasota’s beauty and artist colony culture to be an
With a background steeped in Old World traditions, Stanislas Kostka trained in the
techniques of the European Masters while learning to be a conservator of paintings.
It is the single most relevant fact to an understanding not only of the authenticity of
his adaptations of Flemish/Dutch still life painting of the 16th and 17th centuries, but
also of the degree to which each new painting extrapolates from his fascination with
this subject matter. He has a profound understanding of the brushwork, glazes,
gesso, texture, compositional canons and chromatic harmonies of this rarified
subject in European art.
No other contemporary artist knows quite as well as Kostka how to give new life to
the look and feel of this genre. He combines new technologies – canvas preparation,
brushes, paints and glazes along with the time-consuming and laborious techniques
of the old masters, giving his work a distinct character of its own. First among these
is technical virtuosity together with a masterful sense of color.