Costas Schuler

Costas Schuler Biography

Costas Schuler was born in Athens, Greece to an English father and a Greek mother who met and married in Australia. He spent his summers traveling to the Greek island of Ikaria helping his grandparents on the farm, building forts in the forest and enjoying the beautiful Mediterranean sea. He also spend a few years living in Cambridge England with his English grandparents spending time learning woodwork, playing golf and chopping wood for Grandmas fireplace.

In 1985 he emigrated with his parents and younger brother to Sunnyvale, California, beginning his adventures in Jr High school at the age of 12. During his first year he discovered his talent for playing the trumpet and within a year went from beginner to advanced band and a trumpet solo at the year end school concert.

In High School he went on to immerse himself in the music program by playing in the jazz band, concert band and marching band as a trumpet player and then as a drummer. He also participated in a marching youth for two years called Spirit of Sunnyvale which toured the west cost performing in football stadiums before thousands of people.

After High school he attended De Anza College in Cupertino California with the idea of majoring in Computer Science, but that never happened. Instead he discovered his love and passion for art during his first 3D art class and gives art teacher Michael Cooper credit for opening up the amazing world of art. He went on to major in Graphic Design which ended up being his chosen career now for the past 22 years.

He met his wife Sandy in San Jose and eventually moved to Forestville CA in 2000 were her family roots go back 4 generations or more. They settled down here and raised their four amazing children, in the country close to family, friends and nature.

He reentered the world of art in 2005 by creating an art car covered in pens called the “Mercedes Pens” and in the process managed to collect over 100,000 pens locally and from around the world. He went on to make a world wide impact with his art car receiving a lot of media attention for his work.

3 Replies to “Costas Schuler”

  1. Hi Costas! I have a green team club at the school where I teach. We recently lost our source of pen recycling. Terra cycle used to have a program through big pens where we can send all pens, markers, glue sticks. Now that program has closed. I learned about your project and I’m wondering if you still take pens and if you would also take discarded glue sticks. I I am also wondering if you would be willing to have a video chat with our Green team and talk to them about what you do. I would love to hear back from you.

  2. Are you still accepting pens of all kinds? If so, can you please give me your address?

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