Stan Kaplan is an alumnus of ArtCenter’s Graduate Art program. His work explores the conflict between painting’s history and the culture of the contemporary moment through a targeted use of genre and an interrogation of the issues surrounding visual pleasure in art. Born in Chicago, Kaplan moved to New York and studied early modern English drama and literature and Western philosophy and critical theory at the New School for Social Research and Art history at NYU. At the same time, he also worked closely with American painter Philip Pearlstein. After relocating to Los Angeles, Kaplan entered ArtCenter’s MFA program where he worked with Mike Kelley among others. Kaplan teaches writing and studio art in the art departments at Otis College of Art and Design and California State University, Los Angeles. Also a musician, he has recorded and performed projects with other visual artists whose work involves musical forms and expressions.