Tomasz Holuj is considered an established contemporary artist. Tomasz Holuj was born in Poland in 1947. In the mid-1980s, Holuj emigrated to Sweden. Since then he lives and works in Stockholm.
He published poetry before he began exhibiting paintings. They were published by Życie Literackie and later by Młoda Kultura. He was a member and co-founder of the music group Osjan. He was an active member of the group from the early 1970s until 1983. During this period he also published his own poetry.
After the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków came the Academy of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Painting and the studio of Professor Nowosielski. However, his passion has been drums since secondary school. Meeting Marek Jackowski and Jacek Ostaszewski led to the founding of the Trio Osjan, in which Hołuj played for 12 years from the first performance and gave around 1000 concerts. After 1975 the trio became the duo Ostaszewski - Hołuj. In 1976, the musicians Dimitrios "Milo" Kurtis and Zygmunt Kaczmarski. Both were invited to play together by Hołuj, who left the band in 1979 to pursue intensive Zen training in the United States. After his return from the States, Tomasz Hołuj was elected chairman of the Zen Buddhist Association. In this capacity, against the will of the SB and the communist authorities, he organized the settlement of Zen Buddhists and meditation centers in Przesieka and Zachełmie, near Jelenia Góra, despite the hindrances of martial law.
In 1982, Hołuj returned to Osjan, whose ranks included Wojciech Waglewski. As a quartet, Osjan gave several hundred concerts in communist Poland and Western Europe. In 1983, Tomasz Hołuj finally left the group Osjan and became part of Tomasz Stańko's trio (Stańko, Szczurek, Hołuj). In 1984 he moved permanently to Sweden, where he devoted himself to painting and exhibiting his work. He was also involved in organizing Chan and Zen Buddhist meditation groups.