After completing his training as a plasterer in Frankfurt am Main in 1996, Stephan Gerves worked as a journeyman plasterer in Copenhagen. A year later, he began his studies at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach am Main (HfG), majoring in drawing and painting. After a few semesters, he switched to graphic design and multimedia. Before and after his diploma he gained versatile experience in the agency world.
His love for the stucco craft never left him during his studies, so that he intensively dealt with the topics of wall illustration and relief parallel to his studies. The first stucco relief was realized directly on a prominent wall in the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach. This could also be called the birth of the stucco relief idea.