Jaime Carrejo was born in 1977 in El Paso, Texas and currently lives and works in Denver. He is a multi-disciplinary artist whose projects involve painting, sculpture, video, and immersive installations. In the body of work produced for the Octopus Initiative, Carrejo uses pattern and color, sourced form plants, textiles, and the Southwestern landscape, to address a relationship between place and identity. He considers the layering of this imagery pivotal to his practice, as it allows him to explore the collision between immigrants, the land in which they navigate, and their existence within a complex political climate.
Carrejo received his B.F.A from the University of Texas, El Paso in 2001 and M.F.A. from the University of South Florida in 2007. His work is featured in periodicals, such as The New York Times, Artforum, and Hyperallergic. Recent exhibitions featuring his work include Making Change at the Museum of Design Atlanta (2018), Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (2017), Identity, University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (2014), and Art & Poetics, Mahmoud Darwish Museum, Ramallah, Palestine (2014). He held a residency at Redline Denver from 2011-2013 and currently serves on the board of Tilt West.