Born in America's heartland and raised on its East coast, Jan studied at Columbia University in New York prior to receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard and Oxford universities respectively and studying art-as-process at Boston's Museum of Fine Art. He returned to New York to begin painting in 1997, and in lieu of gaining an art degree, proceeded to build a global fine art practice from the ground up.
From 2000 to 2015 as Jan Larsen Art, Jan represented scores of artists, operated hundreds of exhibitions, and built and operated 4 brick-and-mortar galleries while developing his own production practice, educating himself in art history and showing his own work.
During these fifteen years and the two since debuting his solo career, Jan has produced, bought, and sold 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.
"I make work that is, I hope, at turns entertaining, beautiful, energizing, fun, useful, graceful, and moving, responding to the conversation of modern and contemporary art as I see it, as well as to current events. A relative of Duchamp's, Beuys', Warhol's, Morris Louis', Barnett Newman's, Josef Albers', Jeff Koons', and Damien Hirst's work, I consider my oeuvre, if I may use that word, to be culture-in-motion."