Visual artist and designer. In the nineties active in arts collective de Tropisten, that specialized in projects in which space, moving images and sounds played a crucial role.
In the mid-nineties he started design studio Zeezeilen.Zeezeilen is a web and graphic design studio and web consultancy, mainly working for the public and cultural sectors.
Zeezeilen is also active as an advising agency for art projects in which webtechnology is involved.
Poet and translator. In 1997 his first collection of poetry, entitled Nooit zonder de paarden (Never without the horses) was published. His fourth collection Groter dan de feiten (Larger than the facts) was published in October 2007.
An anthology of his first two collections appeared in an English translation, under the title Exercise against time, in the CCCP Translation Series (Cambridge) in 2001. Other translations of his work were published in Poetry Wales, The Amsterdam Review en Jacket. French translations were published in the magazines Action Poetique and Petite and in an anthology called Le verre est un liquide lent (Farrago, 2003). Jan Baeke translated poetry by Liz Lochhead, Lavinia Greenlaw, Deryn Rees-Jones, e.e. cummings en Norbert Hummelt. For the Dutch Filmmuseum he conceived and produced a series of programs (35mmPOEM) in which silent movies and live performed poetry was combined.
In 2008 Jan Baeke was one of the five nominees for the Dutch VSB Poetry Award.