Richard Wolfe completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, in 1972. Since then he has worked in museums as a display artist and curator of display, and as a freelance curator and writer. He published his first book Well Made New Zealand: A History of Trademarks in 1987. He has also published five children's books, including Midnight at the Museum (1997), all illustrated by his wife, the artist Pamela Wolfe. They live in Freemans Bay, Auckland.