Jan Klein was born and raised in Copenhagen in a working class family. Conditionally born with dyslexia, school was not easy – he then took refuge in arts. At a very young age his artistic talent and uniqueness began to be seen in his drawings and paintings. After completing school he joined the hippie movement where he was happy to find others with the same mindset as himself. There upon he tried to experiment with drugs just like the other hippies during the 60’s. At the age of 19 Jan Klein was accepted into the preliminary program of the royal Danish Academy Of Arts but Jan Klein was not able to finish it due to an escalating substance abuse. Fortunately a church aid program brought him back on track. From then on Jan Klein decided to spend his life helping other addicts. He founded two rehabilitation centres that have existed for about 30 years today.
Despite of Jan Kleins turbulent life he never stopped painting. The last couple of years have been a great experience for the ‘old hippie’ who, from the time being, is one of the best selling artists in Denmark within his genre. Jan Kleins artwork has been presented in numerous exhibitions, galleries and high profiled TV-shows all around the country. The work of Jan Klein is a fusion of street art and pop art and is to be found in the mixed media genre, combining painting and collages. Jan Kleins life long fascination with iconic figures and musicians from 1950’s up to today includes The Beatles, Jim Morrison, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain (to name a few), as well as the quintessential symbols of the period form the basis of a large part of his art which brings our everyday notions of beauty and ugliness into question. His works are orgies of colours and he finds inspiration everywhere. Words, sayings and statements are essential elements of his work.