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Jean Francois Biography

What is Extreme Art? French action painter and performer Jean Francois removes painting from the realm of studios and galleries and transforms it into high-energy public entertainment. His performances combine comedy and art in a unique show, choreographed to music.

Jean Francois paints anything; portraits of celebrities, landmarks, cityscapes, still lifes, reproductions of old masters, planetary landscapes… He creates these on ten foot canvases in minutes using his hands, feet, body, or anything else that happens to be available. Jean Francois’ improvisations are legendary—the only things he avoids are brushes. His theatrical presentations use painted optical effects with mechanical illusions and special effects designed for each performance.

Jean Francois has performed in Las Vegas productions at MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, Bally’s and New York, New York as well as corporate events and conventions for Sun Micro Systems, Du Pont, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Verizon and many more. He has also performed at private functions for Prince Charles, the Grimaldi family, Pope John II, the Sultan of Brunei and others.

Jean Francois has immortalized on canvas such luminaries as Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Luciano Pavarotti, Enzo Ferrari, Presidents Clinton and Bush, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison and others. He has also given his artistic interpretation to corporate images and logos for IBM, Sun Microsystems, Coors, Moet et Chandon, Cartier and more. Born in Namur Belgium, Jean Francois Detaille discovered his passion for art at an early age. Painting was his father’s hobby, and on vacations with his parents in Spain and the South of France Jean Francois would watch the local artists create on-the-spot portraits for tourists. In 1975, after a chance meeting in Figueras, Spain with the flamboyant artist Salvador Dali, Jean Francois realized that the quiet life of the studio artist was not for him.

In 1976, he enrolled in the Academy of Beaux Art in Belgium—best known as the school of painters Jan van Eyck, Brueghel, Rubens, Magritte, James Ensor, Alechinsky and others—to develop his talent along more formal lines. Upon completion, he enrolled in the Academy des Beaux Arts de Paris, birthplace of numerous art movements and the school of impressionist painters Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Jean Francois Millet, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, cubist Pablo Picasso, surrealist Salvador Dali, conceptual artist Ben Wautier and performance artist Yves Klein.

Jean Francois’ desire for adventure led him to travel widely. In 1982, he packed his bags and art supplies and traveled around the world on a sailboat, painting thousands of paintings along the way. The Caribbean, Hawaii and Tahiti were his new themes and his boat made a perfect studio.

“I always painted in front of an audience to music. In school I was faster than everybody else,” says Jean Francois. Searching for a methodology that would harness his technical skills and allow a rapid, spontaneous style of work, he created Extreme Art in the early 1990’s. Working with explosive energy, without preliminary plans or sketches, Jean Francois uses forceful strokes of vibrant color to fill large canvases in minutes. Working at this rapid pace opens a more direct channel between the image in his mind and the motions of his hands, giving the finished work greater immediacy and power.

In 1997 Jean Francois was asked to perform in the show “Madhattan” at the New York New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That engagement resulted in other invitations from producers and event planners in several countries. In 2000, Jean Francois was named the Spotlight Awards Entertainer of the Year for the special/corporate event market.

Speaking Topics
  • Creativity-Imagination-performance-goal setting

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    Booking fees for Jean Francois, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jean Francois, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Jean Francois?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jean Francois for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jean Francois for your next private or corporate function.
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Jean Francois Biography

What is Extreme Art? French action painter and performer Jean Francois removes painting from the realm of studios and galleries and transforms it into high-energy public entertainment. His performances combine comedy and art in a unique show, choreographed to music.

Jean Francois paints anything; portraits of celebrities, landmarks, cityscapes, still lifes, reproductions of old masters, planetary landscapes… He creates these on ten foot canvases in minutes using his hands, feet, body, or anything else that happens to be available. Jean Francois’ improvisations are legendary—the only things he avoids are brushes. His theatrical presentations use painted optical effects with mechanical illusions and special effects designed for each performance.

Jean Francois has performed in Las Vegas productions at MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, Bally’s and New York, New York as well as corporate events and conventions for Sun Micro Systems, Du Pont, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Verizon and many more. He has also performed at private functions for Prince Charles, the Grimaldi family, Pope John II, the Sultan of Brunei and others.

Jean Francois has immortalized on canvas such luminaries as Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Luciano Pavarotti, Enzo Ferrari, Presidents Clinton and Bush, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison and others. He has also given his artistic interpretation to corporate images and logos for IBM, Sun Microsystems, Coors, Moet et Chandon, Cartier and more. Born in Namur Belgium, Jean Francois Detaille discovered his passion for art at an early age. Painting was his father’s hobby, and on vacations with his parents in Spain and the South of France Jean Francois would watch the local artists create on-the-spot portraits for tourists. In 1975, after a chance meeting in Figueras, Spain with the flamboyant artist Salvador Dali, Jean Francois realized that the quiet life of the studio artist was not for him.

In 1976, he enrolled in the Academy of Beaux Art in Belgium—best known as the school of painters Jan van Eyck, Brueghel, Rubens, Magritte, James Ensor, Alechinsky and others—to develop his talent along more formal lines. Upon completion, he enrolled in the Academy des Beaux Arts de Paris, birthplace of numerous art movements and the school of impressionist painters Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Jean Francois Millet, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, cubist Pablo Picasso, surrealist Salvador Dali, conceptual artist Ben Wautier and performance artist Yves Klein.

Jean Francois’ desire for adventure led him to travel widely. In 1982, he packed his bags and art supplies and traveled around the world on a sailboat, painting thousands of paintings along the way. The Caribbean, Hawaii and Tahiti were his new themes and his boat made a perfect studio.

“I always painted in front of an audience to music. In school I was faster than everybody else,” says Jean Francois. Searching for a methodology that would harness his technical skills and allow a rapid, spontaneous style of work, he created Extreme Art in the early 1990’s. Working with explosive energy, without preliminary plans or sketches, Jean Francois uses forceful strokes of vibrant color to fill large canvases in minutes. Working at this rapid pace opens a more direct channel between the image in his mind and the motions of his hands, giving the finished work greater immediacy and power.

In 1997 Jean Francois was asked to perform in the show “Madhattan” at the New York New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That engagement resulted in other invitations from producers and event planners in several countries. In 2000, Jean Francois was named the Spotlight Awards Entertainer of the Year for the special/corporate event market.

Jean Francois Speaking Topics

  • Creativity-Imagination-performance-goal setting

FAQs on booking Jean Francois

  • How to book Jean Francois?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jean Francois for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jean Francois, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jean Francois or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jean Francois?

    Booking fees for Jean Francois, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jean Francois, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jean Francois?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jean Francois for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jean Francois for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jean Francois or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jean Francois or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jean Francois is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Creativity-Imagination-performance-goal setting. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jean Francois for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Jean Francois generally travels from Las Vegas, NV, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Loren Gray, Frankie Jonas, Spencer X, Derek Dolin and Shep Gordon. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jean Francois for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jean Francois Speaking Topics

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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