He was born on 24th March 1960 in Slovakia. Tono Stano studied the Secondary school of applied arts in Bratislava in 1975–1979. Then, in 1986 he finished the School of Film, Photography and Television (FAMU) in Prague. Since 1986 he works as an independent art photographer. He lives with his family in Prague.

White Shadow series

My Colours series

Photographer Tono Stano’s name is now a world-renowned brand. He became famous primarily thanks to his monochrome female nudes, celebrity portraits as well as advertising and applied photography. His photographs are favourite with private collectors, and they also constitute a part of a number of public collections both in the Czech Republic and abroad. He has arranged many solo and group exhibitions on prestigious exhibition premises all over the world. The work of Tono Stano has been published in several monographs.

White Shadow exhibition

The white shadows of Tono Stano’s photographs crowded the walls of the Václav Špála Gallery at Národní třída in Prague. The author constantly adds to the series of photographs whose origins date back to 1991. Together with Pavel Lagner, the exhibit’s curator, Stano has chosen about 60 photographs made between 1992 and 2011 for the Václav Špála Gallery. Their characteristic trait is that all that is black is actually white, and vice versa. This is the first time that the photographs have been exhibited in the Czech Republic on such a broad scale.

The introductory address for the exhibit at the Václav Špála Gallery comes courtesy of poet, writer and musician Jáchym Topol: “Tono Stano, in whose works we are used to perceive the pulse of feminine beauty, has now dragged his models, most often girls and ladies, in from a masquerade, a wild carnival, or perhaps straight from the ghostly women’s Ship of Fools. Or maybe he just ran into them on Petřín. Yes! It must have been at a slightly weird feast, most likely in moonlight, in the grass between the trees on the top of Petřín. They grimace and distort their faces, naked or dressed in whatever was available in the studio. They are provocative, dreamy and wild-looking, the denizens of the world where shadows are white.”

Solo Exhibitions - selection


Institut Fran¢ais, Budapest, HUN

Galerie Baudelaire, Antwerp, BEL


Fascination, Galerie G4, Cheb, CZE

Galerie Waldburger & Slovak Institute & Czech Centre, Berlin, DEU

Fascination, Dům umění, Brno, CZE

Czech Centre Bratislava, SVK

Fascination, Galerie Fiducia, Ostrava, CZE


Fascination, Prague House of Photography, Prague, CZE

Photo l.a., booth of Galerie Waldburger/Photofront, Los Angeles, USA


Schoren, St. Gallen, CHE


Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, NLD

Dom kultury, Bratislava, SVK


National Technical Museum, Prague, CZE


Ambrosiana, Brno, CZE


Galerie U Řečických, Prague, CZE


Le pont neuf Gallery, Paris, FRA

Centre Culturel des Prémontrés, Pont-à-Mouson, FRA

Galerie G4, Cheb, CZE

Mala Gallery, Warsaw, POL

Fondation Nationale de la Photographie, Lyon, FRA


Musée Lapidaire, Lectoure, FRA

Galerie G4, Cheb, CZE


Galerija Ars, Ljubljana, SVN


Galerie Fabrik, Hamburg, DEU


Fotochema, Prague, CZE


Walbrzyska Galeria Fotografií, Walbrzych, POL


FAMU, Lázaňský palác, Prague, CZE

Galeria Fotografií Okno, Legnica, POL

Group exhibitions - selection


The Nude in Czech Photography, Kostis Palamas Hall, Athens, GRC


Umělecká beseda Slovenská, Bratislava, SVK


Dom umenia, Bratislava, SVK

Fotobiennale, Moscow, RUS

Czech Centre, Paris, FRA


The Nude in Czech Photography, Císařská konírna Pražskékeho hradu, Prague, CZE


Czech photography in the 1990s’, Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago, USA

Vartu, Vilnius, LTU

Mücsarnok, Budapest, HUN

Czech and Slovak Staged Photography, Czech Centre, New York, USA

Contemporary Czech & Slovak Photography, David Scott Gallery, Toronto, USA


Czech Photography in the 20th Century, The Eli Lemberger Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai, Israel


The Body in Contemporary Czech Photography, Macintosh Gallery, Glasgow, GBR

Salmovsky palace, Prague, CZE

10 ans de photographie , Reims, FRA


Galerie G4, Cheb, CZE

The Nude in Czech Photography, Kostis Palamas Hall, Athens, GRC


After the Velvet Revolution: Contemporary Czech and Slovak Photography, The Photography Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, AUS

Prague House of Photography, Prague, CZE


In & Out of Czechoslovakia, The Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, GB

Preview, Galerie Marzee, Nijimegen, NLD

A la recherché du père, Nouveau Forum des Halles, Paris, FRA

Czech & Slovak Photography, Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, USA

Between Image & Vision, Ironworks Gallery, Coatbridge, GBR

What’s new: Prague, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA


Slovak Staged Photography, Museum of Dance, Stockholm, SWE

Zeitgenössische Tschechoslowakische Fotografie, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, DEU

Photographie Tchécoslovaque 1940-1990, Centre Culturel, André Malraux, Vandeouvre-lès-Nancy, FRA

Photographie Tchécoslovaque 1940-1990, L’Aubette, Strasbourg, FRA

Die neue Kontinuität 1970-1990, Progressive Fotografie in der Tschechoslowakei, Städtisches Museum, Mühlheim, DEU

Contemporary Czechoslovak Photography, Exposition Park, Tokyo, JAP


La Tchécoslovaquie à Arles, Palais de l’Archevêché, Arles, FRA

Photographie progressive en Tchécoslovaquie 1920-1990, Galerie Robert Doisneau, Nancy, FRA

Slovak Photography of the 1980s’, Warsaw PLN and Moscow RUS

Positivität, Fotogalerie, Vienna, AUT

Vision d’Homme, Chatêau d’Eau, Toulouse, FRA

Czech Symbolism, Výstavní síň Uluv, Prague, CZE


Prix Air France, Ville de Paris, Paris, FRA

French Institute, Prague, CZE

Prager Trio, Czechoslovak Centre, Berlin, DEU

Junge Photographen aus der CSSR, Galerie Treptow, Berlin, DEU

Four Photographers from Prague, Aix-en-Provence , FRA


Preis für junge europäische Photographen, Galerie Faber, Vienna, AUT

De Prague et de Bohême, Espace Jules Verne, Brétigny sur Orge, FRA

Questioning Europe, Photography Biennale, Rotterdam, NLD

Fotochema, Prague, CZE


Preis für junge europäische Photographen, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DEU

Galerie G4, Cheb


La jeune photographie Tchécoslovaque, Arena, Arles, FRA

Mánes, Prague, CZE

Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, CZE


27 Contemporary Czechoslovak Photographers, The Photographer’s Gallery, London and Bristol, UK

Ursprung und Gegenwart tschechoslowakischer Photographie ,Fotografie Forum, Frankfurt, DEU

Il nudo nella fotografia dell’Est Europa, Torina Fotografia ’85, Torino, IT


FOMA, Prague, CZE

Representation in Collection

Art Institute, Chicago, USA

Bibiliothèque Nationale, Paris, FRA

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, FRA

Moravská galerie, Brno, CZE

Museum Ludwig, Köln, GER

National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, GBR

Slovenská narodna galeria, Bratislava, SVK

Uměleckoprůmyslové museum, Prague, CZE

and in various other public and private collections.