Harlan G. Hoffman graduated with a BFA from Brooklyn College in 1972. After two more years of graduate school at the New School in NYC majoring in Philosophy, he joined a wallcovering manufacturing subsidiary of RCA Corp. and spent almost two years as the liaison between the President and the Director of Design. Hoffman began his own business in 1975: renting a loft space in SOHO New York which had a 16 yard printing table which he used to begin a contract silk screen printing business and established his own line of wallcoverings and fabrics.
For the next 14 years, his operations remained at that location. In 1989 he moved his home and studio to San Francisco. Total time spent in self employment was 25 years.
In 1998, he retired from his business and began to paint, write and teach.
He has worked with the visual merchandising departments and store planning departments of nearly every major department store in the U.S. and a few in Europe. Some of those clients were as follows; Barnes & Noble, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Harrods (London), Eaton Co. Canada, World Savings and Bonwit Teller.
In 1979, Hoffman was asked to submit several examples of his fabrics and wallcoverings collection to the Smithsonian Institute through the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. He was recently on the faculty of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where he taught History of Architecture and Interior Design, History of Western Art, and History of Textiles.
In 2008, Hoffman moved to West Palm Beach where he teaches Painting Existentially and the Seven Characteristics of Zen Painting at the Armory Art Center.