Peter Hoffer holds an MFA from Concordia University and degrees from the University of Guelph and OCAD University. He has lived and worked in Toronto, New York City, Paris, and Berlin, and is now based in Montreal.
Known for his gestural, evocative landscapes, Hoffer's paintings often evoke feelings of nostalgia or dreams. The surfaces of Hoffer's paintings are often scarified and then finished with layers of resin similar to the practice of the 18th and 19th Parisien Salons. Not tied to place or time, his paintings are more object d'art than mimetic landscapes. They evoke nostalgia for classical, romantic forms and periods.
Hoffer has exhibited widely at art fairs in Basel, Toronto, New York, Stockholm, London, Milan, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. His paintings are held in many private, corporate and public collections including the Musée des Beaux Arts, the Musée du Québec and Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.