(1936 – ) Frank Stella is an American painter and was one of the most dominant and influential figures in abstract painting during the 1960s through the 1990s. He was born in Malden, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Phillips Academy in Andover and from Princeton University with a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1958. Because Princeton did not offer a degree in studio art, his development during these years was largely the result of self-teaching, utilizing important advice and encouragement from the painter Stephen Greene and the art historian William Seitz, both then teaching at Princeton. Stella’s first important group show was the Museum of Modern Art’s “Sixteen Americans,” held in 1959. Art critic George Stolz wrote in ARTnews that Stella “now might be considered America’s greatest living baroque painter.”