Jan Swart was born in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands in 1956. He started working as an artist in 1986 and since then he has built an extensive oeuvre. His techniques are oil paintings to drawings (charcoal, pastel), collages (newspaper photographs), and more recent he uses Chinese ink on paper and photomontages.
In 1993 he debuted in the distinguished gallery Waalkens. Since then his work has been exhibited in many galleries in the Netherlands, but also abroad in Germany and the UK. His work can be found in many private collections in the Netherlands, the US, the UK, Norway and the Czech Republic.