Stella was born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1936.
He studied painting at
Phillips Academy in Andover. He also graduated
from Princeton with a degree in history. He plays
squash religiously, loves auto racing and owns
a horse farm in New York.
He has explored new expressions of formal abstraction
since he arrived on the New York art scene in
1959. First his black paintings and shaped canvases,
then monumental geometric constructions known
as the Protractor series, followed by several
decades of works that challenge the distinction
between painting and sculpture. During the 1970s,
Stella's art evolved to include mixed-media reliefs
and metal works with three-dimensionality suggestive
of relief sculpture.