Born in the ‘summer of love’ in the American Midwest and raised on its East Coast, Jan Larsen began his undergraduate studies at Columbia University in New York prior to earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard and Oxford universities and studying studio arts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Returning to New York in 1997 to complete what he calls “a 15-year inquiry into the character, art history, and living, breathing, Beuys-style experiential-performance-sculpture professional practice of fine art,” Jan proceeded to build a global fine art practice called Jan Larsen Art, and bring it to trade globally.
From 2000 to 2015, Jan represented scores of artists, produced hundreds of exhibitions, and built and operated 4 brick-and-mortar galleries, all while developing his own production practice and his reflections on art.
In September of 2015, Jan debuted his solo career with a show called Market Makers at HG Contemporary in New York, and he now shows world-wide, based out of production facilities, gallery settings, hospitality spaces, and private spaces in New York.
During the 15 years of his representative practice and the 3 of his solo career since, Jan has bought, sold, and produced millions of dollars’ worth of modern and contemporary work on primary and secondary markets, auctioned work for charity, and lent it internationally in partnership with the US State Department.