Richard Francis Hofmann, painter, muralist and mixed media artist, was born in Newark, NJ in 1954. After earning a BFA at Pratt Institute, he lived and painted in the East Village during the tumultuous 1980s. His murals decorated such clubs as Danceteria, Pyramid and Limbo Lounge. Displaying a passion for large-scale figurative oil painting, he followed his own interpretation of Neo-Expressionism, exhibiting at such venues as ABC NO RIO, Fashion Moda, Limbo Gallery, Steven Adams Gallery and others. His work tackled the larger questions of sin and redemption, religion and homosexuality, suffering and ecstasy, with fervid brushstrokes and layers of intense color. After a brief stay in California, he returned to NYC where he died of AIDs in 1994 at the age of 39.
Nearly forgotten and stored in a Brooklyn basement since his death, Hofmann’s extraordinary and versatile trove of work, including preserved club murals, oil paintings, portfolios of watercolors, photo lithographs, etchings, mixed media collages and artist books, was unwrapped in 2016 and brought to light.