Phillip Stern was born in 1961 and grew up on the coast of New England. As a young person he spent a formative year in Europe, where he was greatly impressed with traditions of classical and medieval stone masonry. He gained a deep appreciation for the natural world from his scientist father and a sense of seeking from his mother, who emigrated to the United States as a young woman. He received his B.A. in Art from Swarthmore College and M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. He now lives with his family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Considering himself an explorer, Stern looks for innovative directions in various media, comfortable with painting, photography, illustration and graphic design as well as sculpture. He has worked as a designer specializing in magazine layout and institutional branding, and a carver of product models and theater props. An original process of modeling thin reinforced cement layers on copper tubing embedded with natural artifacts, and a unique open figurative style, are the hallmarks of his sculptural aesthetic. Expressing a powerful, intimate connection between human beings and the natural world, his work is exhibited at venues around Philadelphia.