Born in Canton, China, Stan Kwong moved to Hong Kong with his family as a young boy and arrived in Edmonton via Halifax as a youth during the early '60s, where he met his future wife while still in junior high school.
Self-taught, Stan's love of art had already emerged by this point and he spent his free time exploring painting and sketching, with Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso, Klimt, and Warhol as early influences. Stan's natural feel for movement and form (perhaps not surprising as he also became a champion martial-artist) caught the attention of his art instructors in high school and he was encouraged to apply for an ACAD (then ACA) scholarship, which he was awarded. Pressed to put academics above art, Stan graduated instead from NAIT with a diploma in Exploration Technology (Mining), although he later merged business and passion as owner/operator of a successful graphic design business. He eventually sold the business to focus more on his own artistic pursuits.
Stan's love of photography, once pursued solely as a hobby while a young father of two in the late '70s and '80s, re-emerged with the evolution of desktop publishing and while acting as co-owner (with his wife) of a gallery/gift store on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton. Influenced by Karsh, Adams, and Man Ray, photography is now a major component of his portfolio, which covers a remarkably diverse range, from landscapes to auto racing and live concerts, now with two young grandchildren frequently focused in his lens.