Hans Leijerzapf was born in Leiden in 1951. In 1974 he graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in graphics and painting. At the Academy Hans already had a predilection for anecdotal painting and drawing and believed that art should not be “exalted”, but rather part of society. Over the years he developed his style and choice of subjects. Hans Leijerzapf has a thing for men who deal with everyday or unusual objects. They are often awkward poses as if the men are doing something useless and the object doesn’t matter at all.