Stanislav Novak was born in 1958 in Prague, in the former Czechoslovakia, where he studied photography at art school from 1978 to 1982.
After his first photography exhibition at Prague’s Nerudovka Theatre in 1982, he fled the country which was under communist rule and requested political asylum in Switzerland.
He was initially taken in by the Swiss Red Cross, and was able to undertake a series of photos documenting the life of refugees, which led to a mobile photo exhibition within the Swiss Red Cross.
Little by little, sculpture took over from photography. Since his last public appearance at a joint exhibition with three other sculptors in 1996 at Galerie 2016 in Brussels, he has returned to photography.
This brief biography is accompanied by a short retrospective of images to illustrate his different periods.