Frank Stella was born in Malden, Massachusetts, attending high school at Phillips Academy. He went on to major in History at Princeton University, where he met Darby Bannard and Michael Fried and moved to New York in 1958 after his graduation. Rejecting the trend for abstract expressionism and inspired by the work of Jasper Johns, Stella held his first New York solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1960.
Stella is one of today’s most renowned post-war American painters, heralded for his theories on art as an object rather than the depiction of a psychological or metaphysical realm. He was awarded First Prize at the International Biennial Exhibition of Paintings in Tokyo, Japan (1967); Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government (1989); and the Gold Medal for Graphic Art Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. (1998).
The artist currently lives and works in New York, NY.