Bruce Thurman was born in Chicago and studied architecture at the University of Illinois and went on to study art at the Beaux-Arts School in Paris. Beginning at the age of 23, from 1971 to 1983, he worked as an architect in Chicago (Tigerman), Southern France (Prip-Buus), Paris (Andrault-Parat, Yves Roa) and New York (Lundquist & Stonehill). In 1981, he moved to Paris and began working full-time as a painter. In addition to his art work, his career includes design projects including decorative installations in private and public spaces as well as film posters. Thurman now lives and works in New York City.
Starting in 1994, Thurman has collaborated with Dutch glass artist Peter Bremers. They have created over 90 works combining painting, woodworking and blown glass elements. Many of the pieces depict scenes of classic beauty from times gone by.