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Stefan Janoski is a self-taught painter, sculptor, writer, and professional skateboarder. Born in 1979 in Berkeley, California, he grew up exploring the natural surroundings of rural northern California, later applying this curiosity and playfulness to painting and sculpture. His work, which can be richly comedic, often revisits accepted wisdom about universal themes of life, death, money, power, language, and religion to bring overlooked questions to the forefront.

Stefan’s paintings and sculptures in bronze, aluminum, and clay have been shown around the world. His work has been in solo and group exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Berlin, Kansas City, Sacramento, and Portland.

From 2009 to 2015, Stefan created from his studio in Brooklyn, bringing to life ideas collected in the sketchbooks he kept on him over years of international travel. His early works often focused on larger than life paintings, like “Wolfmouth Necklace” — which investigates the consumption of consumerism — and “Soothed from Self Sounds” — which examines the reciprocally de- and constructive nature of the human desire for chaos and order. These works and more create a space to reflect on the inextricably primal nature of humanity, uncovering connections often obscured through modernity. Meanwhile, “Off Duty Jesus” and “Horrorscope” approach archetypal religious figures with even more playfulness, imbuing base human instincts into holy beings and gaining a personal perspective into the divine.

Today, from his painting and sculpting studio in Los Angeles, Stefan continues to explore familiar narratives of popular culture and religion and investigate the motives and influences that narrators, authors, and audiences have on both the telling and reading of history.

Stefan often approaches subjects with a disarming levity, allowing viewers to access the sense of humor he finds inherent to life and the natural world. “Relax…Jesus” is a meditation on crucifixion, where stately, polished bronze suggests a reverence to history and tradition, while the tongue in cheek depiction of Christ lounging on a cross-shaped pool float—sunglasses affixed and cocktail in hand—simultaneously betrays fealty to anything beyond the relatable human experience. Stefan’s interests often stem from this point of accessibility, as in the bronze sculpture of Sisyphus pinned under his unyielding boulder, entitled “Fuck It.”

These existential interests extend into Stefan’s video work, notably the stop motion film, “God I Need a Girlfriend,” in which creationism is shown in both humorous and brutally realistic terms by a lonely bachelor named Adam. The film received awards from 13 film festivals and won Best Animation at the 2019 Beverly Hills Film Festival.

Somewhere between surrealism, parody, and self-exploration, Stefan’s work captures the everyday and eternal in a space they rarely otherwise meet.


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The Brooklyn Bronzes were created between 2008 and 2017. They are  a glimpse into a moment ; a period of time spent in living and creating works in Brookyn, New York.  Janoski’s experiences in Brooklyn informed his creative process and strongly influenced his artwork; particularly his sculpture.

The “Brooklyn Bronzes” were cast  in the “lost wax” technique at the Modern art foundry in Queens, New York. The Modern Art Foundry  has been casting since 1932.  A family run foundry, the master craftsmen at Modern Art Foundry have produced projects for artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Joan Miro, Alexander Archipenko, Isamu Noguchi,  Jacques  Lipchitz, Gaston Lachaise, among others.

God I Need a Girlfriend
Self Portrait Holding Self Portrait Of Making Self Portrait
The Boredom Of The Person Who Contemplates It
The Launch of Aloysius F
Don't Bring Me Up
The Eternal Abduction
Discordance, Degredation, Disillusion
Expressing A Relationship Between A Part And A Whole
Reverent Irrelevent Reverance
Dentally Deranged
An Unconscious Conscience Has No Consequence To Conscience
We Have One
Bob and there Grocery God
Tradition Affliction
Humunculous Hideout
Solitude For Two (Formlessness, A Form)
Under An Influence
It's A Long Story...
Cow Head
Fish Head


The Los Angeles Bronzes were created between 2016 through the present. They represent the sculptural work Janoski has created since returning to the West Coast after a period of time living in Brooklyn, New York.  The “Los Angeles Bronze” works reflect his continued exploration of bronze as a medium. The sculptures are imbued with the same energy as the works cast on the East Coast but with a with distinct California vibe.

The Los Angeles bronzes were cast in the “ lost wax “ technique at Art Bronze foundry in the San Fernando valley. Art Bronze Inc, is one of the largest fine art foundries operating in the United States.  The master craftsmen of Art Bronze, Inc., have been producing work for artists since 1974.

Who Left The Ether Out (It Was The Man In The Yellow Hat)
Horse, Boat, Leg, Spout
Internal Tunnel Vision
Phillip K. Dickhead


Cat On Man's Head
Beard Halo
Hyperbolic Redemption As A Sculpture

Select Paintings 

Wolfmouth Necklace, 2008, 120 x 70 in.
Test Mouse 23 Trillion, 2019, 15 x 11 in.
Bloody Mary, 2017, 9 x 12 in.
The Real Story, 2021, 14 x 11 in.
Off Duty Jesus, 2008,58 x 70 1/2 in.
Horror Scope, 2008, 72 x 95 in.
Leland In Pink, 2019, 11 x 14 in.
You Aren't Here, 2020, 12 x 12 in.
Jaun In A Tub, Aspen CO, 2020, 16 x 20 in.
Jessica,2018, 11 x 14 in.
This Is Not A Halfpipe Renè , 2018, 12 x 12 in.
Donovan, 2019, 14 x 11 in.
Fat Back, 2016
Fat Back, 2016, 14 x 11 in.
Fat Back, 2016
Fat Back, 2016
Fat Back, 2016

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