Assistant Professor of Painting


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  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor of Painting
    • Graduate Advisor for Painting
  • Concentration:

    • Painting
  • Department:

    • Art and Art History
  • Education:

    • MFA, Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego
    • BFA, Fine Arts, University of Basque Country


Aitor Lajarin-Encina is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and organizer born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain, in 1977. He is currently working in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Los Angeles, California. He received his BFA in painting from the University of Basque Country, Bilbao, and his MFA in visual arts from the University of California, San Diego. Aitor’s various creative work and research interests include contemporary painting and drawing, critical issues in the transdisciplinary field, reception and participation aesthetics, alternative self-organizational models of production, distribution and collaboration within the arts, minimum scale and materiality poetics, public space, public culture, identity politics and representations of anxiety in relation to contemporary life conditions and current social relationship production trends. His work has been shown internationally in private and public institutions. Recent shows include “Crickets” at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles and “Tarta Tatlin” at Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. He is cofounder and codirector of DXIX Projects and DX-File, two nomad initiatives for production and dissemination of contemporary culture and art-related projects and materials initiated in Los Angeles, California, in 2015. Recent curatorial projects include exhibitions such as “6 Flag BBQ” with artist Ruben Ortiz-Torres as a part of the Pacific Standard Time Los Angeles program, “Co/Lab” at Torrance Art Museum, and “Micrologies” at Scharaun Gallery in Berlin, Germany and at Harvard University in Boston. Aitor has taught painting, drawing, and interdisciplinary studio classes at UC San Diego and UDLAP in Puebla, Mexico. He is currently an assistant professor in painting in the department of art and art history at Colorado State University, where he is teaching all levels of painting courses and seminars.