Jan van der Kooi was born in 1957 and studied at the Art Academy Minerva in Groningen, The Netherlands.
Jan van der Kooi seeks inspiration for his works in his surroundings. Light, space and colour are most remarkable in his oil paintings.
In the paintings objects are usually placed outside the center, viewed from above or aside. Sunlight entering Jan van der Kooi’s studio is a major component of his work. Hence, his palette consists of many light colours.
Jan van der Kooi has worked in other countries and cultures like Nepal and Peru. Every year Jan van der Kooi visits Italy, especially Venice, where the light and water inspires him.
In an interview placed in two Dutch news papers, Van der Kooi talks about the changes in biodiversity and the animals he painted inside his house in Friesland (in Dutch; Leeuwarder Courant and Dagblad van het Noorden 7 April 2017).