Frank Stella (Malden, Massachusetts, 1936). He studied painting at the Phillips Academy of Andover and Princeton University, graduating in 1958. That same year he moved to New York, where he presented his series "Black Paintings" in the late 1950s ("Black Paintings") Precursor painter From minimalism, he immediately gains recognition of the art world which leads him to participate in the exhibition of "Sixteen Americans" (1959) at the MoMA in New York.
Between 1960 and 1970, he developed an incessant exhibition and creative work. His constant search leads him to break with the traditional barriers that separate painting and sculpture. Thus, in the mid-60s, Stella abandoned the rigid and rectangular format of the canvas to transform the pictorial supports into colored polygons.
They are canvases with forms known as "Irregular Polygons" ("Irregular Polygons", 1965-66) These experiences are prolonged in works of the 70s, a decade in which he also explores the geometry and recovers the rectangular format in works, usually of large dimensions, characterized by concentrically organized color lines.
Stella continues to work between the limits of sculpture and painting in works of great chromatic luminosity. In the series of the 80s, he abandons geometry and incorporates organic forms reminiscent of nature. It uses industrial waste materials, tubes, plastics, wires, and fully sculptural works. Here begins his literary inspiration that he maintains in the 90s, with the series based on works by the German writer Heinrich von Kleist and whose last reference we find in The Michael Kohlhaas curtain, which is presented at the IAACC Pablo Serrano.
At seventy-five, Stella continues to work and investigate the possibilities of all languages - painting, sculpture, architecture and graphic arts - even making models of architectural projects. He is the only living artist to whom MoMA has dedicated two retrospectives and received important awards and recognitions.
Currently, Frank Stella lives and works in New York City.