Ransome Stanley was born in 1953 in London, to a Nigerian father and a German mother. He grew up in Basel, Switzerland and studied at the Merz Akademie Stuttgart. In 1979, he obtained a guest studio scholarship at GEDOK Stuttgart. Since 1986, Stanley has lived and worked in Munich, Germany. In 1989, he started working as a freelance artist and a lecturer at the Art Academy in Bad Reichenhall. Stanley has exhibited work throughout Europe and Southern Africa. More recently, his work has been found at Art Paris, London Art Fair, AKAA, and the Joburg Art Fair.