Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1959, Gil Bruvel's French-born parents moved the family back to the south of France when he was four years old. While taking drawing lessons at age nine and learning sculpture basics, Gil proclaimed himself an artist. He began working with oil paint at the age of 12 and the local environment had an enormous and lasting effect on his palette.
Gil's father, a renowned cabinet maker instilled in Gil an understanding of precise construction and design. This education included furniture design, which Gil applied to his functional art designs in bronze years later. In 1974, Gil began studies at an art restoration workshop in Chateaurenard, France. Gil studied under M. Laurent de Montcassin learning the techniques of Old and Modern Masters as well as art history of the 14th-20th century. His duties included restoring ancient ceilings, frescoes, and paintings. Thereafter, he set up his studio in St. Remy de Provence until 1986 when he first made his way to the United States, making it his permanent residence in 1990.
Each of his experiences has molded him into the artist he is today. When you sit on the Ponder Pad, gaze at The Wind, or handle the Chess Set you can feel forty years of artistic development at your fingertips.