Jan Olesen was born and raised in Sao Paulo, the son of a Danish father of German decent and a Brazilian-Danish mother.
Olesen has been involved in the worlds of fashion, art and global culture all his life. Since 2007, he has been business partner of world renowned photographer Mario Testino and Managing Director of Testino’s commercial and creative operations. Together, they established Testino’s creative agency: MARIOTESTINO+.
Working across all of Testino’s commissioned and private projects, MARIOTESTINO+ is the team that supports Testino to realise the breadth of his creative output and enterprise. These activities include creative direction, art direction, brand strategy, graphic design, film, digital and social media, product development, books, exhibitions, licensing and partnerships. In his role as managing director, Jan Olesen has lead projects and campaigns for international luxury brands including Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Roberto Cavalli, D&G, Dolce and Gabbana fragrances, Etro, Ferragamo, Lancôme and Versace among many others.