Jan Yoors (April 12, 1922 - November 27, 1977) was a Flemish-American artist, photographer, painter, sculptor, writer, tapestry creator. Yoors was born in Antwerp, Belgium. At the age of 12, he ran away with a group of Romanies, or Gypsies, travelling with them for several months. When he finally returned home, rather than scold him, his liberal-minded parents gave him permission to spend part of each year with the Romanies, which he did until age 18. Later in life, he wrote a book called The Gypsies about his experiences with them. Jan Yoors wrote another book entitled the crossing and took all of the photographs for the book "Only One New York". He went to school in London where he studied Oriental and African Studies. He was a member of the Artists Equity Association (AEA) in NYC. Jan Yoors was also a popular artist during the nineteen sixties. His art ranged from paintings to the large tapestries that made him famous. As a designer, he specialized in weaving modern tapestries. His tapestries were exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey. A mural of his is on display in the North Queens Medical Center.
Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America, Vol III: P-Z (Madison CT: Sound View Press, 1999)