b. 1936, Malden, Massachusetts
While the early work of the American painter, printmaker and sculptor, who studied art in Andover and New Jersey, was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, he went on to become the leading exponent of analytical Hard Edge and Colour Field painting. In the late 1950s Stella became known for his striking Black Paintings, which consist mainly of black or metallic stripes in allusion to the Nazi period. His later works, however, are characterized by brightly coloured rectangular, semicircular and other geometric forms, as seen in many of his ‘shaped canvases’. Since the 1970s Stella has above all produced large-format, three-dimensional works made of wood, cardboard and metal.