Minoru Ohira was born in Niigata, Japan. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kanazawa City Arts and Crafts College in 1975 and a Masters in Art Education from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1977. From 1979 to 1981, he continued his education at the Mexico National Institute of Art and then moved to California. He creates sculptures from found materials, such as wood, slate, glass. Minoru is also known for his drawings of softly rounded shapes that incorporate unusual substances.