Born in Amsterdam in 1880, Staller would forever be associated with his city of birth. Besides a few trips to Belgium, Germany and Algeria, he worked his entire life in Amsterdam. He would become a noted painter, illustrator, draughtsman, graphic artist, watercolourist, etcher, and potter. Initially he worked in the ceramics industry, but later concentrated entirely on his painting and was recognized as the preeminent painter of Jewish life in Amsterdam.
As a student he studied at the Normaalschool for Teekenonderwijzers, the Institute of Arts Education and the Rijksakademie of Visual Arts before completing his education as a pupil of Auguste Allebe.
He was in 1913 winner of the Willink van Collenprijs which provided him with a grant. Staller was regularly found in the city’s parks with his sketchbook painting Amsterdam’s sights and peoples particularly those in the Jewish quarter around the Waterlooplein and the Jordaan.
Staller was a member of both the Arti et Amicitiae and Vereeniging Sint Lucas in Amsterdam.