Born in the ‘summer of love’ in the American Midwest and raised on its East Coast, Jan Larsen studied 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 while developing his production practice, and his own reflections on art.
In September of 2015, Jan debuted his solo career with a show called Market Makers with HG Contemporary in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, and he now shows world-wide, based out of production facilities, gallery settings, hospitality spaces, and private spaces in New York, London, and Singapore.
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 for primary and secondary markets, auctioned work for charity, and lent it internationally in partnership with the US State Department.