Born in Provence and educated at the Ecole du Louvre and the Sorbonne in Paris, Sophie Richard worked in the art world in New York before moving to London where she is now based. She has been travelling to Japan for the past 12 years. Passionate about Japanese arts and culture, she set out to explore the country's many museums. Her articles have appeared in magazine in the USA and the UK and her first book, The art lover's guide to Japanese Museums, was published in 2014 by the Japan Society. In December 2015 her work was recognised by the Agency of Cultural Affairs in Japan and she received the Commissioner's Award.

Sophie is currently working on her second book. In parallel, she curates specialist art tours to Japan and advises on the promotion of Japanese arts and culture towards a Western audience.