He is deeply passionate about design, and has been since childhood, when at 18 months his anxious mother took him to see a speech therapist because he would only express himself with pencils and coloured pastels. He took his degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan, then frequented art and design studios and worked with Bruno Munari and Alessandro Mendini. He set up his own architectural practice, but his overriding interest in design, along with his love of travel and writing, led him to mix all these ingredients into a single profession. An illustrator. Since being definitively anointed by the daily newspaper La Repubblica in 2009 in the pages devoted to culture, current events and cookery and in a series of summer illustrations to travel stories by Paolo Rumiz, his talent has been prized by all and sundry. Most of his work is for newspaper and magazine articles, advertising agencies and design studios. His work – a stunning interior at the Achille Castiglioni Foundation, for instance - crops up in The Milaneser, a non-existent magazine, made up simply of iconic covers, quotes from the famous American magazine, in the advertising poster for the 2020-21 season at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, and again in the recent video series Popping Up Milan for the MEET - Digital Culture Centre. His style breaks with convention, while conserving an intrinsic basic harmony. His CV includes videos on learning to draw, from perspectives to architecture, in order to hone one’s own personal point of view.
His increasing love of travel sparked his series of books for Moleskine on the world’s leading cities, I Am the City, in 2015. Stanga sees cities like people, with their own characters and souls and their own secrets. He wrote and illustrated I Am Milan, which is devoted to his own city, even though he currently lives and works in Berlin. This was followed by I Am London and I Am New York. His atmospheres are evocative, from the spires on Milan Cathedral to Portobello Market and the bridges in the Big Apple, boasting a wealth of captions. Architecture and design also meld happily in the children’s book Zaha Hadid, published in 2020 by Raum Italic- Berlin and the MAXXI in Rome.
He has won numerous awards both in Italy and the US, where his works have been selected by the American Illustration Annual and garnered a Gold Medal from the magazine Creative Quarterly and several Communication Arts Awards of Excellence.