Frank Stella was born in Massachusetts in 1936. He studied at Phillips Academy and then at Princeton University. Only a year after graduating, he was included in the “Sixteen Americans” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Frank Stella was part of a period of American art history that challenged the predominate style of postwar Abstract Expressionism. He rejected painterly gestures and instead explored flat geometric forms. His work was noticed and shown early on in his career and still is today. A big launching point for him was being represented by the Leo Castelli Gallery.
Stella was an early pioneer of nonrepresentational painting. His art does not try to express an underlying narrative, but is instead concerned with regulation of structure and color. In the 1960, Frank Stella created paintings using aluminium and copper paint. He also began experimenting with the use of a wider range of colors and produced his first works using shaped canvases.
By the mid-1980s and into the mid-1990s, Stella created a large body of work inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. He experimented with works done in deep relief that soon became full three-dimensional works. He used collages or maquettes that were re-created with industrial metal cutters, and digital technologies.
Frank Stella is one of the most important contemporary artists. His work is constantly evolving and reacting to the world around him. He has won many awards and taught and lectured internationally at universities and museums. He was given his first retrospective at MoMA in 1970 and in 2007 The Metropolitan Museum of Art showed an exhibition of his work.