Stephan Lupino (1952) is a sculptor, painter and photographer from Croatia. Lupino's portraits illuminate inner feelings – desire, strength, hedonism, insouciance, vulnerability, more often than not compounded by a state of emotional an physical abandon. Natural lighting and a distaste for post-production are evident in his work. Lupino’s iconic black and white vintage photography emanates from both commercial and non-commercial sources. Whether working for fashion magazines, commercial clients or in pursuit of his own particular vision, the subjects are haunting in the naked, often unsettling but brave and honest emotions he encourages his subjects to reveal.
During his time in New York in the late eighties, Lupino set up his own makeshift studio in night clubs such as The World, Vortex and Area, where he took many portraits of the constant flow of fashionistas and night clubbers who came to the club in its heyday. Even then, in the early stages of his career, he had begun to assimilate the magical characteristics of signs, shapes and colours and the impressions of New York curators and artists. He immersed himself in this environment, the nexus of the New York art world and it became a part of him. These bygone days encouraged him to explore other artistic fields: painting, sculpture and drawing. His work was presented in galleries and museums worldwide, and is today mainly focussed on his sculptural series Lupinizam.