Victor Stabin was born in Brooklyn on March 5, 1954. He is an American artist, “eco-surrealist” painter, author and illustrator. He is noted for his work in education and has used his book Daedal Doodle as a teaching tool in several schools, an endeavor sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Stabin’s father, Jack Stabin, invented scientific instrumentation and worked on the Manhattan Project. His mother Florence was a piano teacher in Brooklyn. Stabin began his formal education as an artist at the Art Students League of New York attending summers from age 13 to 17. He also attended the High School of Art and Design from which he graduated in 1972. He then studied at Los Angeles’ Art Center College of Design before continuing his education at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Stabin began his career as an illustrator. He worked for numerous different publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Magazine and Rolling Stone as well as designing book covers for publishers Penguin Books, Random House, and others.Some of his most well-known work as an illustrator includes painting nine stamps for the United States Postal Service, the cover for KISS’ album Unmasked, and a mural for RCA/BMG’s headquarters.
Stabin moved his focus from illustration to painting after successfully beating cancer in his mid-40s and has gone on to produce an impressive suite of eco-surrealistic paintings called the Turtle Series.