Inspirations: Golucho, Martin Campos, Antonio Lopez Garcia, Mary Cassatt, Sorolla, Diebenkorn, Alex Kanevsky, Kathe Kollwitz
Education: The Cleveland Institute of Art
Biography: Stanka Kordic is a first-generation American born of Croatian parents. She followed her talented brothers, Vladimir and Branko into the world of Art. Stanka graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1985, with a major in illustration and a minor in painting. From there, she traveled Europe, taking in as much art as humanly possible. She returned to work as an illustrator for several years. Her projects included editorial art, package design, and book illustration. In pursuit of artistic freedom, she left the commercial world in 1988 to establish a professional art studio, concentrating her efforts on painting the landscape and figures. This led to portrait commissions, international awards, and inclusion in several corporate collections throughout the midwest, including Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and Key Corp. Since 2009, her focus has been to develop her personal figurative work. Stanka’s awards include the Gold Medal of Honor in Painting from Allied Artists of America and 2 Certificates of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America International Competition. Her work has been exhibited in venues nationally, among them, the National Arts Club, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, as well as the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Her private collectors span the US and Europe.Stanka Kordic also serves as Artist in Residence at Beaumont School, sharing her knowledge of painting with students who have chosen a focus on visual art.