Born in the ‘summer of love’ in the American Midwest and raised on its East Coast, Jan studied at Columbia University in New York prior to receiving 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, 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 to trade globally.
From 2000 to 2015, Jan represented scores of artists, presented hundreds of exhibitions, and built and operated 4 brick-and-mortar galleries, all while developing his own production practice, and his own reflections on art.
During those 15 years, and the 3 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.
In September of 2015, Jan debuted his solo career with a show called Market Makerswith HG Contemporary in New York, and he now shows world-wide, based out of production facilities, gallery, private, and hospitality spaces in New York.