JEAN FRANCOIS DETAILLE, ARTIST
WHO IS JEAN FRANCOIS DETAILLE?
PIONEER OF PERFORMANCE PAINTING
From competing in European Judo tournements to pioneering aerobics in Europe, from solo circumnavigating the world on a sailboat to exploring the Jungles of Africa, from performing magic illusions shows to performing his art in Las Vegas best casino resorts, from speaking and entertaining at more than 3000 events around the globe to creating motivation seminars, Jean Francois keeps pushing the limits of his imagination.
“TO BE AN ARTIST IS TO BELIEVE IN LIFE.”
“ART IS MY MOTHER TONGUE.
EVERYTHING START SOMEWHERE.
Extreme artist, adventurer, solo climber, solo sailor, Jean Francois turned his excitement for extreme sports into extreme painting performances.
Jean Francois spent his youth vacationing in the South of France in Provence and the Catalonia region of Spain where his father was friend with the local artists, being exposed to plein air painters and portrait artists. Jean Francois met the famous surrealist, Salvador Dali and visited his house in Port Lligat a few steps from his parent’s vacation hub. Jean Francois was invited to the opening of the Dali museum witnessing Dali live painting his creation of Don Quixote right on the plaza facing the museum. Jean Francois was not only impressed by Dali’s skills at sketching but by his panache and exuberant personality.
A few years later, Jean Francois decided to enter the school of Art IATA “Institut des Arts et Techniques Appliquees” in his home town of Namur. Nurtured by a fantastic and passionate teacher, Marcel Warrant, Jean Francois discovered his real call and also a new medium which allowed him to express his talent.
After completing his art education at the “Academie des Beaux Arts in Namur”, Jean Francois went to Paris to finish his Education at the “Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts.
THE REBEL AND NATURE LOVER
Jean Francois was a bit of a rebel, avid enthusiast of extreme sports, pioneering paragliding, base jumping, bungee jumping and rock climbing in the French Alpes. He also earned an instructor certificate in Scuba diving at the famous CIP Bendor the very first Scuba school in the world and with his instructor Claude Arzillier the very first scuba instructor in the world.
He began painting his large portraits in school onto the blackboards. later, Jean Francois crashed the welcome ceremony of the European tour of Pope John Paul 2 smuggling a giant canvas in the middle of a crowd of 60,000 in louvain La Neuve, Belgium, speed painting the portrait of the pope within a few minutes.
In his early 20’s he started an exercise craze called “Aerobic Tonic”, a sort of combination of Judo exercises and music, building a series of successful Aerobic studios in Belgium. Jean Francois sold his business to set sail on a journey of self discovery around the globe. For the next seven years Jean Francois made the world his canvas, painting thousands of paintings along the way. During that period Jean Francois made a stop in Miami to develop a magic illusion show including his performance art, performing it onboard of a dozen of cruises ships.
THE “BEST ACT IN LAS VEGAS”
later Jean Francois was given a chance by Producer Kenneth Feld of Feld Entertainment to be one of the featured act in his new production show “MANHATTAN” at the newly built NY NY Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was the very first big exposure of Jean Francois art on the Las Vegas stripNew York New York Hotel & Casino. Jean Francois took the strip by storm Extreme Art
THE CORPORATE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
In 2000 Jean Francois brought his Extreme Art to the Event industry and was awarded: Entertainer of the Year making him one of the most requested entertainer/speaker in the industry. and only “painter” to be awarded “entertainer of the year’ .Jean Francois performs more than 120 shows per year, painting unique original paintings at events around the world. His paintings regularly fetch six digits at auctions, and his portraits have immortalized everyone from Bill Gates to Nelson Mandela. Jean Francois’ client’s list includes the largest leading companies in the world: Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Merck, AT&T, Samsung, and Verizon. From Paris to Dubai, Jean Francois borrows his artistic talents to launchs Botox, Lipidor, Sun Micro Systems…joining on stage Bill Gates,Scott Mc Nealy, Carla Fiorina, Steve Jobs, immortalizing the likenesses of Richard Petty, Donald Trump, Dave Thomas, T. Boone Pickens and paints the portrait of many of CEO of Fortune 500 companies. Jean Francois kicks off the grand opening ceremony of the Ryder Cup in Kentucky, the innaugural ceremony of the new Liberty Bell home in Philadelphia, the MGM resort in Sanya Island, China, the Atlantis resort in Dubai and many more.
Jean Francois appears on many television shows, around the globe including: Sabato Gigante, Univision, Benissimo in Switzerland, the Oakridge Boys Live in Las Vegas,Larry King Live on CNN, The Tonight Show, The Today Show…and more.
Jean Francois studied Fine Art, cognitive psychology, Gestalt therapy and neuro linguistics.
Today while entertaining, Jean Francois delivers an amazing motivation program filled with action and art.