Jan van der Ploeg (b. 1959, Amsterdam) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and Croydon College of Art in London and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 1990, Jan van der Ploeg was awarded the Royal Award for Modern Painting.
He exhibited his work extensively in both solo and group exhibitions in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Selected solo exhibitions include: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Swiss; Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany; Minus Space, New York, USA; SNAP, Lyon, France; Concept Space, Shibukawa, Japan; Taubert Contemporary, Berlin; Renata Fabbri, Milano, Italy; Giacomo Guidi Gallery, Roma, Italia; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney; Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand; ; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, SCHUNCK, Heerlen, The Netherlands, MOTI Museum, Den Bosch, The Netherlands and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.