About me

Jan Leenders. World-renowned artist. Treasured by art collectors, praised by the most critical of critics. Selling out every show before opening night. Etcetera etcetera. That’s what you want to hear, right? Well, there you’ve had it. Now, on to the real world. 

Hi there! I’m Jan. A guy from Belgium. Born in 1976. I used to paint a lot but two kids and one busy day job got in the way. Luckily the job was fun.

2020 came, and the kids prefered playing Fortnite instead of playing with me. Boohoo. On the upside: I started painting again.

I have a master degree in visual arts, so you can be 200% sure in a few years my paintings will be worth millions. I also have a sous chef degree. Hungry?


Prizes/awards/selections/residencies:

Tinimini Room (Dordrecht Netherlands ) – #OEOEartcall open call 2022

Bastart Gallery (Houthalen, Belgium) – Villa Basta selection 2007

‘t Arsenaal (Mechelen, Belgium) – Artist in residence 2006

Shortlist Newcreatives.com November 2005
selected with “Goodbye Andy” (2003), “Shadow of someone I don’t want to know” (2005), “Take this #5” (2005)

Selection “One minute film & video festival 2005”, Aarau, Switzerland
selected with “Silent Joke nr. 12” (2004)

Belgian finalist of the Lexmark European Art Prize 2003
selected with “Gonna make it on my own” (2003)

European semi-finalist of the Lexmark European Art Prize 2003
selected with “Gonna make it on my own” (2003)