Xavier de Callatay a baron in his native country, was born on February 11, 1932 in Brussels. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Louvain and earned a mater's degree at the University of Utah after moving to the United States. Xavier de Callatay lived in New Orleans in the late 1950s and early 1970s. Among his first works to attract attention was a series of pictures of musicians and jazz musicians. Xavier de Callatay moved to New York in the mid 1970s. In 1998 he was en route to Venice to do a series of paintings to illustrate a friends book when he became ill. He died in his native Belgium in the city of La Hulpe on December 27, 1998.