Vitaliy Shtanko Was born in 1979 in Ukraine. From a very young age he had a big passion for drawing and creativity in general and would receive a lot of practical instruction from his father (also an artist). He later studied at Drogobych Art School from 1990 until 1994. Then, in 1997, he became a student of Lvov’s Academy, named after Fedorov (the faculty of book illustration), where he continued studying classical approaches to painting and drawing until 1999. He also attended private studio lessons in drawing and etching during that time.
In 2000 Vitaliy moved to Florence with his family. He attended evening classes at the International School of Comics and Illustration for a year before returning to his study of classical painting techniques with Daniel Graves at The Florence Academy of Art. After graduating from the Florence Academy in 2010, Vitaliy was offered a position as the principle instructor for the drawing and painting programs where he currently continues to teach during the academic year and for workshops. When he is not teaching, Vitaliy works full time in his studio in the center of Florence.
Since 2001 Vitaliy has participated in numerous collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad and organized several personal shows. The main subjects of Vitaliy’s artwork are portraits and human figures, but he works in parallel in other genres such as still life, landscape and genre painting.
Latest shows include participating in group exhibitions at galleries in the United States, England and Italy.
His works are collected worldwide.