Hobo Komiyama was born in 1946 in Tokyo, Japan. While studying at Musashino Art University, Hobo became a researcher for a theatre company. After graduating from Musashino Art University, he began his career as a clothing dye colorist and illustrator. In 1975 he began his career as a cutting paper artist.

For this European exhibition the main theme is scenes from The Tale of Genji which is a classical work written during the early years of the 11th century in the Heian period by the female writer Murasaki Shikibu.