Stephen Bruce was born in 1968, in Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada a small fishing village located along the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. He a member of the 'Namgis First Nation of the Kwakwaka’wakw peoples.
Stephen began to carve at the age of 18 with local, prominent artists such as Ned Matilpi, Beau Dick and Wayne Alfred. Their traditional styles and advanced workmanship established a certain level of quality in Stephen’s work from the start. Stephen has assisted numerous artists with monumental commissions earning him a reputation for monumental work, as well as the understanding and ability to answer to contractual obligations at a very early point in his career. This has continued to be a factor as he has received numerous commissions for totem poles, and he has completed solo exhibitions for a Vancouver based gallery.