Mediums: Bronze, Glass, Lighting, Murals, Sculpture, Steel
“I find my inspiration in the natural processes that occur all around me. The artwork emerges through an interpretation of these processes, crafted by design, guided by intuition and informed by principles underlying the physical universe.”
Roger White Stoller
Biography b. 1954, Santa Monica, CA, USA
From an early age, Stoller’s worldview was shaped by his mentor, world-renowned global thinker and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller. In his early 20's he worked as Fuller’s personal assistant, contributing to Synergetic Geometry and architectural / geodesic projects throughout the world. Working with Fuller led to the fortunate meeting of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and the opportunity to work in and around his studio in NYC. The spirit of Stoller’s work was kindled out of his relationships with these two great men.
After completing his general education requirements at Chapman College’s World Campus Afloat and California State University, Sonoma, Stoller’s formal training was accomplished at the prestigious Art Center College of Design, one of the world's foremost institutions for art and design education; he received a Bachelor of Science in Product Design from Art Center in 1981.
The following years included his marriage to his wife Naomi and the birth of their two children Eve and Sophia. He also founded two design firms, Stoller Design and Praxis Design Associates, both involved in product development for corporate clients. While working in the field he taught Industrial Design at San Jose State University from 1987-1992 and 1998-2000. Being part of the fast-paced, high stakes world of product development provided an intimate understanding of the materials and processes used to create highly complex objects. This discipline, which required the blending of the sculptural, functional and ergonomic qualities of everyday objects, proved to be a rich background from which to approach sculpture as fine art.
Upon emerging from a period of deep soul searching punctuated by the realization of the limitations inherent in the corporate design world, he sold his share of Praxis and formed Stoller Studio, Inc., diving completely into sculpting. Being immersed in the casting of bronze, forging of steel and carving of stone brought Stoller into a most intimate connection with nature and himself. In this period of discovery he developed many of the original ideas still being explored in his work today.
Stoller sculpts full-time out of studios in Portola Valley and San Jose, California, USA. He works in collaboration with a highly skilled staff of design and art professionals, structural engineers and specialists brought in on a project basis. The Studio's ongoing production includes public art, fine art works and applied art commissions, or functional works. Studio methods range from bronze casting and stone carving to 3-D computer modeling and waterjet cutting, combining the best of old world craft with modern technology.