Michael Hofmann is an artist and teacher who paints in the
manner of traditional ink and brush painting that has its origins
in China. A San Francisco native, he lived in Kyoto, Japan,
where he apprenticed for thirty-three years with the eminent
sumi-e artist and Zen master Gyokusei Jikihara (1904–2005),
regarded as one of the country’s foremost Nanga painters.
Mr. Hofmann’s work draws inspiration from nature and Eastern
philosophy, and displays warmth and vitality of spirit. In 1997
and 2000, he assisted us in Ki no Ichiku, our arts and crafts
projects in Japan, and we invited him to come to Virginia in
1998 to lead a special Mountain Lake Workshop in sumi-e
(ink) single brush Nanga painting.