JEAN FRANCOIS DETAILLE, ARTIST
WHO IS JEAN FRANCOIS DETAILLE?
“TO BE AN ARTIST IS TO BELIEVE IN LIFE.”
“ART IS MY MOTHER TONGUE.
Extreme artist, adventurer, solo climber, solo sailor. Pioneer of action painting and creator of Extreme Art, Jean Francois Detaille was born in Belgium, to a family name with a long genealogical tree of painters, Jean Edouard Baptiste Detaille, Paul Detaille. Jean Francois was raised in a close obsession for art by his father.
Jean Francois is the pioneer of performance art in the entertainment and event industry leading the pack in today’s performance art. he has set a trend called today:”live painting and speed painting.
Jean Francois spent his youth vacationing in the South of France in Provence and the Catalonia region of Spain where his father was friends with the local artists and being exposed to plein air painters and water-colorists portrait artists . It was in 1974 that 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 in 1974 and witnessed 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 medium which allowed him to express his talent.
Focus was a bit of a challenge for Jean Francois, as well as, his spurts of energy. Painting gave him focus while practicing his favorite sport, Judo, which helped him braking his shyness and also providing him with a competitive spirit and earning a 3 degrees black belt. Jean Francois’ youth was a balance of Visual Art and Martial Arts.
He painted all week and competed in Judo over the weekends. 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.
In late seventies, Jean Francois met with his mentor, salvador Dali, the Exhuberant personality of Dali made a huge impression on Jean Francois’life and opened new ways of thinking.
ROOTS OF HIS PERFORMANCE ART
Jean Francois was a bit of a rebel, avid enthusiast of Extreme Sports, joining the pioneering of: paragliding, base jumping, bungee jumping late 70’s 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. In 1983, 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 1981 he started a gym class named “Body Language”, a sort of combination of Judo exercises and music, building a successful Aerobics craze 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 studio, 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 art performing onboard of a dozen of cruises ships.
In 1997 Jean Francois was given a chance by Producer Kenneth Feld of Barnum and Bailey to be one of the featured act in his new production show “MANHATTAN” from Feld Productions which at the time was producing Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas. 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. His art took Las Vegas by storm Extreme ArtIn 2000 Jean Francois was awarded Entertainer of the Year for the corporate event industry, making him the hottest act in the industry and surely the first painter in history to become the recipient of a theatrical award for live entertainment. Since that time, Jean Francois has performed more than 150 shows per year and quickly become the choice of the elite 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 list includes the largest leading companies in the world, such as, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Merck, AT&T, Samsung, and Verizon . And the list goes on. From Paris to Beijing to Dubai. Jean Francois borrowed his artistic talents for the launches for 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 many of CEO of Fortune 500 companies. In 2008, Jean Francois kicked 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 appeared 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.