Robert Hooker was born in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Chicago and worked as an artificial intelligence researcher with the Institute for Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. He has lived and worked in London with long stays in Hong Kong, Sicily, and Tunisia. Since them
He has composed a number of pieces of art, illuminated documents, illustrations, water colours paintings, writing and also mixed media pieces in Chicago and London but also during the principle long travels from his nomadic lifestyle.
Travel is really central to understanding Robert’s work, Robert grew up taking long trips in parks of North America, and as an adult he has made seeing the world and recording his impressions a primary goal of his life. . He even married a photo journalist because he could actually live with her lifestyle of constant travel. This life has brought him to London, but he’s also conducted a number of principle trips that you see reflected in his work. Countries that had key influences n his work are Italy, China, Japan, Korea, India, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Africa and Vietnam.
He had composed a large number of his Dream Books, these are his primary partially illustrated, partially illuminated document, original writing that he composed whilst visiting cities, a large number of these Robert kept the tradition of only writing about that story when he would visit that city. He has made 4 trips to Hong Kong staying there for about 5 months in total. During this time, he’s always written about his myth of a City of Mars and a company of the Queens of Mars.