Jan was born in The Netherlands on February 24, 1936. His passion for drawing kicked off from the moment he could hold a pencil. Jan studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam. On completion of his studies in the 1950s, Jan worked at advertising agencies. He then met Loek van Delden, who asked him if hed be interested in assisting him with his daily cartoon "Smidje Verholen". These we Jans first steps as a professional cartoonist. For decades Jan van Haasteren has created highly detailed, colorful and, above all, humorous illustrations, exclusively for Jumbo. Most of Jans fans will immediately search for his trademark - the sharks fin - featured in every puzzle. But you can also look for other favorite images - The Hands, The Dentures and Jans self-portrait which you will find in nearly all of his illustrations.