Jack Menke was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and is from Suriname South America.
Jack is an MD tropical medicine specialist who arrived in Zambia to work at Sichili Mission Hospital in the Western Province from 1998-2002. He is currently the technical director of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.
He studied art history at University in Holland: early Christian art (migration of 2nd-century byzantine proper codex illustrations) and Russian modern art (Master thesis: The victory over the sun, Russian Cubo-futurist opera from 1913 by Malewitch, Chroetsjonych, Chlebnikov, and Matjusjin.)
Jack is a co-founder of the Zambian NGO art4art (www.art4art.com) He has been painting at the Art Academy Without Walls (AAWW) since 2007.