Stan Korytnyj was born in post-war Germany to Russian parents in the year 1946. The family migrated to Australia in 1949 to escape an oppressive war-torn Europe.
Stan studied painting in Adelaide at the South Australian School of Arts, and science at Flinders University in South Australia.
He taught art at Victor Harbor High School and played music for three decades, eventually settling in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales
where he reverted to painting.