Martin Arthur Arkenstone was born and raised in Switzerland. He studied from 1985 to 1988 the trade of European stonemasonry at the school for arts in Bern, Switzerland. From 1989 till 2008 he worked in the field of historic restorations of profane and sacral stone buildings. From 1999 he began to work partly as an independent contractor working on many commissions throughout Switzerland. In 2009 he moved to California to dedicate himself fully to visual art using his over 27 years of stone sculpting experience.
In 2010 Martin started to show his work at fairs throughout California. In 2010 he had his first exhibit at US Bank Commons in Sacramento.
Since 2011 he is working on his new collection of illuminated stone scheduled to be finished in Fall 2012.
Martin carefully creates his stone sculptures in an exquisite way, weaving historic and visionary designs into mesmerizing universe of intricately carved relief's, which are lavishly embellished with gold leaf and hand made oil paint. Martin employs time tested traditional techniques with his most common mediums being sandstone, limestone and marble.
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