Philip Stanton was born in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. He earned a BFA degree in fine arts from Rollins College in Florida, and an MFA degree in illustration from School of Visual Arts in New York. In New York he worked as a designer and art director with Jean-Claude Suarès at Prentice Hall Press, a division of Simon and Schuster.
Stanton moved to Barcelona in 1988 after a series of journeys in Europe. The city has been an important reference and element in his work since. The colors and energy of Mediterranean life, as well as his admiration for twentieth century masters Picasso and Matisse are refelected in many of his projects.
Stanton is also head of the postgraduate illustration program and professor of illustration at the EINA Art & Design School in Barcelona.
Since 1988 Stanton has participated in more than 40 solo and group exhibitions and has collaborated with newspapers and magazines (his covers for the cultural section of Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia were awarded prizes by the ADGFAD and included in the 1992 European Illustration/Illustration Now annual), as well as with a number of Spanish and internacional companies.
He is the author of a number of urban installations including: Palau Robert (1997-98), lAquàrium de Barcelona (1998), the inauguration ceremony of the European cup final (1999) in Barcelona, the set design of the internacional concert tour Serrat-Tarrés of Joan Manuel Serrat (2000), The construction wall during the building of the Agbar tower of architect Jean Nouvel (2001), the decoration of the Sagrada Família subway station (2002), the facade of PG45 (2006) and the parade floats of the holiday parade Cabalgata de reyes (2007) of the Barcelona city government.
His work has received a number of design and illustration awards in Spain including: 12 Laus awards, the Apel.les Mestres prize for childrens literature and the Junceda illustration prize from the Catalan professional illustrators association APIC. Internationally his work has won awards or been included for publication in the Cresta Awards, the British Design and Art Direction Annual, and the Type Directors Club annual.
As an illustrator of books for children and adults he has published more than 20 titles including collaborations with authors Emili Teixidor, Jordi Sierra i Fabra, Ray Bradbury, Lee Bennett Hopkins, J. Patrick Lewis, Naguib Mahfouz, Juan Carlos Martín Ramos , Tomàs Garcés and Jorge Zentner. His work has been published and translated into English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Catalan, and Italian.