Born in 1949, Jan Kolata is a German artist who lives and works in Düsseldorf. He attended the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf between 1970 and 1977.
Obsessed with painting, especially its materiality, he worked with oils for more than twenty years before turning to acrylic, which in his view became high-quality in the 1990s. Throughout his career, he experimented with colour, movement, and superimposition of layers. His delicate artworks draw their force from the subtle interplay of transparency created or shattered by energetic strokes of brush or squeegee. In 1991, Jan Kolata decided to share his passion for painting as a medium and his admiration for the infinite possibilities of composition it offers. As a professor at Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund, he travels to share his experience and fascination holding residencies and conferences in France, Norway, Italy, Russia, and China.