The foundation of Stanga's career was an unrelenting passion for drawing. As a very young child, he recalls drawing on anything and everything in his family home. "I would draw on every surface, the walls, the doors. I was a little devil." Stanga recalls, "At the time, I was 18 months old, and my parents were very worried because I wasn't talking yet. They took me to the doctor, who reassured them that I was fine and I would talk eventually, but reflected that I was communicating through drawing. It was truly my first means of communication." This desire to draw as a means of self-expression became a lifelong endeavor for Stanga. A trip to Rome as a boy was the catalyst for his second love, architecture. "I still vividly remember walking around the city and looking at the incredible buildings, the ruins and standing beneath the dome of the Pantheon in awe." Stanga went on to study architecture and opened his own firm with much success. "I reached a point where I realised my true passion was illustration, so I left architecture. Although it still lives on inside my drawings. It will always be my lead protagonist."