Inspired by the 2016 Presidential Campaign, Stango has created a collection highlighting notable presidents, iconic political characters and all things Americana. Named after the gap-toothed, goofy faced kid, Alfred E. Neuman, Stango honors an iconic character of American history and journalism. Making his official debut in 1956 on the cover of MAD Magazine, Alfred E. Neuman appeared as a write-in candidate alongside the iconic phrase, “you could do worse, you always have!”. Al Feldstein, the second editor of MAD, described the character of Alfred E. Neuman as someone with this “devil-may-care attitude, but who could maintain a sense of humor while the world was collapsing around him”.
Stango is a leader of Contemporary American pop art. With a world-wide following drawn to his distinctive “American Muscle Car” style, John carries the pop art movement into the 21st Century. Building upon traditional American POP imagery, John incorporates modern icons to create vibrant, colorful, contemporary works for today’s refined collectors. Approaching the canvas with a studied intensity, he creates bold, bright, dramatic images, resonating with pop culture energy. His family’s artistic heritage, in fact, traces back to famed American artist Norman Rockwell.
Stango paintings draw a diverse crowd of collectors. Beloved by such personalities as Nicole Miller, Bruce Willis, Governor Ed Rendell, Swizz Beatz, Alan Iverson and Sylvester Stallone. John’s reinterpretation of classical icons resonates strongly in 21st century America. In his native Philadelphia John has developed a cult like following with his POP interpretations. In addition to promoting his art, John also remains deeply committed to philanthropy, using his paintings and proceeds to benefit charities around the world.