In this
has no limits


Early Years and Artistic Foundations

Born in Lisbon to French Parents: Bernard Grasset, known as BMG, was born in Lisbon to French parents. His artistic journey began in his early years, where he delved into drawing, painting, and clay modeling. Under the guidance of private teachers, BMG honed his skills in watercolor, pastel, and oil painting, showing particular talent in landscaping, portraiture, caricatures, and cartoons.

Initial Foray into Sculpture: BMG's first encounter with sculpture was at the tender age of 8, using kitchen knives to carve wood. Recognizing his potential and to prevent injuries, his father gifted him his first set of chisel tools when he was 10.

Education and Cultural Exposure

Lycée Français Charles Lepierre: Bernard's education at the Lycée Français Charles Lepierre in Lisbon was instrumental in shaping his artistic sensibilities. Here, he was captivated by the tapestries of Jean Picard Le Doux and developed a deep interest in History and Art History.

European Travels and Art Exposure: As a child of parents who loved traveling, BMG explored the rich cultural landscapes of Europe during his school holidays. His travels took him through France, Spain, Italy, and Austria, allowing him to experience the art of masters like Rodin, Renoir, Cézanne, Dali, and Picasso.

Diplomatic Influence and Further Education: Due to his father's career in diplomacy, BMG moved to Switzerland between 1965 and 1970, where he continued his education at Institut Florimont in Geneva. His frequent travels to Italy further deepened his appreciation for art.

Artistic Development and Career Shifts

ISLA and Art History: Post-secondary school, Bernard joined the ISLA in Lisbon, intending to pursue a career in tourism. However, his favorite subject remained Art History.

ESBAL – Sculpture Apprenticeship (1973): In 1973, Bernard discovered stone sculpture through the works of Joao Alves Garcia. This led him to enroll in the Lisbon School of Fine Arts (ESBAL) in 1983, where he briefly studied sculpture.

Military Service and Moving Abroad: Political situations in Portugal and mandatory military service led Bernard to move to France in 1975, where he joined the French National Navy. Subsequently, he lived in England between 1976 and 1977, exploring the country’s rich art and history and improving his English skills.

Diverse Experiences and Return to Sculpture

Photography, Radio, and Music: Post-England, Bernard explored various hobbies and professions, including working as a photojournalist and a radio speaker. He created a bilingual French-Portuguese radio program focused on pop and rock music.

Hotel Industry in Algarve: In 1984, Bernard moved to Algarve for professional reasons, working in the hotel industry for 20 years in various roles.

StoneArt – The Journey of a Sculptor

Sculpture as a Passion (1990s): While working in the hotel industry, Bernard's passion for art and sculpture grew. He participated in workshops and admired the work of Portuguese stone sculptor Joao Pires Cutileiro.

Creation of StoneArt (1993): In 1993, Bernard fully embraced his artistic calling by founding StoneArt in Algarve. He organized sculpture exhibitions and collaborated with emerging artists, gaining international clients.

Expansion and Diversification: Bernard's venture took a new turn in 2001 with his travels to Madeira, leading to increased exposure and client base. Responding to growing demand, he expanded into stone jewelry, further establishing his artistic footprint.