Described as ‘the best connected man in London’ by Metro Newspaper and heralded as a ‘tastemaker’ by The Daily Telegraph, Jean-David Malat has become one of the world’s most respected and influential art dealers. Born in Paris, and now based in London, Malat has curated an internationally renowned reputation over the last 12 years, which has placed him at the forefront of art dealership and curation.
Having trained at Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious brokers of fine art, jewellery and collectibles, Jean-David began his career selling several late-period Picasso paintings, two of which were acquired during the 2008 recession. Whilst the foundations of his respected career were established through the dealership of world-renowned artworks, Jean-David has since become synonymous with the world of contemporary art and praised for his capacity to notice, nurture and champion emerging artistic talent.
In 2014, Jean-David curated the first Bernard Buffet retrospective exhibition at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, and assisted Buffet to achieve international acclaim. Much like Baku, Jean-David utilises social media platforms, as well as traditional avenues and a host of connections, to promote the work of rising artists onto a global stage – such artists include Henrik Uldalen, Santiago Parra and Zümrütoğlu.
With a firm belief that art is not just a privilege for the wealthy few, but to be enjoyed and appreciated by society as a whole, Jean-David set up JD Malat gallery at 30 Davies Street, Mayfair which opened to much acclaim in June 2018. Since its opening, JD Malat Gallery has become an embodiment of Jean-David’s long term passion for unearthing and developing the reputations of modern artists. Unconfined by the restrictions of the commercial art world, JD Malat gallery, at its core, offers artists a platform to showcase their work, regardless of their fame or following. In its inaugural year, JD Malat Gallery welcomed a wealth of groundbreaking exhibitions from some of the worlds finest contemporary artists including Masayoshi Nojo, Li Tianbing and Katrin Fridriks.
Over the course of his curatorial career, Jean-David’s work has been praised by some of the world’s most prestigious press. From Evening Standard to GQ and BBC, Jean-David Malat has become internationally recognised for his ability to both discover emerging artists and immortalise the work of established, artistic legends.