Born in the American Midwest in the 'summer of love' and raised on its East coast, Jan studied at Columbia University in New York prior to receiving an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, a graduate degree from Oxford University, 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, history, and living, breathing, Beuys-style experiential-performance-sculpture practice of fine art,’ Jan proceeded to build a global fine art practice called Jan Larsen Art from the ground up.
From 2000 to 2015, Jan represented scores of artists, operated hundreds of exhibitions, and built and operated 4 brick-and-mortar galleries while developing his own production practice, inquiring into and studying art history, practicing and choosing preferred studio techniques, and showing, selling, accounting for, insuring, packing, shipping, storing, and meticulously cataloguing the results.
During those fifteen years, and the two 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. His most recent charitable appearance came with the offering of one of his works to benefit the scholarship program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (see the "rise 2017" section).
Jan debuted his solo career in 2015 with a show called Market Makers presented by New-York-based HG Contemporary, and now shows in New York, London, and Miami, based out of production facilities in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, New York.