Cris Bruch was born in Sugarcreek, Missouri, and raised in the Kansas City area. He earned a BFA in Ceramics/Sculpture at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Following completion of an MFA and an MA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Bruch moved to Seattle in 1986.
His career spans more than 30 years—from early found-object sculpture, street rubbings, and socio-politically motivated actions, to his later refined sculpture and works on paper. Bruch has since explored the possibilities—and pushed the limits of—metal, paper, string, fiberglass, resin, rubber, composites, plastic, and wood.