Thomas Hoffman was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and was a self-taught artist until the age of 35, when he chose to return to school and study art formally. He received a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from Northwestern University. He then received a fellowship to study with realist painter James Valerio. The artist has focused on Still Life painting for the past four years. His canvases combines the formal qualities of chosen objects with their symbolic, or psychological aspects. His paintings evoke a sense of intimacy, virtuosity, complexity, balance and beauty.

Hoffman is currently an adjunct professor of painting at the University of Utah. He has received numerous awards for his work and is represented in many collections private and public including the Springville Museum of Art, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum at Northwestern University, the Richard Davidson collectin and the Art Institute of Chicago.