Colin Luxton was born in Auckland, 1971. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the University of Canterbury, Ilam, in 1996, under the tutelage of Riduan Tomkins. Colin received the Visa Gold Art Award in 1998 and was the Artist-in-Residence at Rangi Ruru College, Christchurch, in 2004. He finished his Post Graduate Diploma at Massey University, Wellington in 2009 and has completed his Masters.

His work has concentrated on the figure, particularly the drawn figure, for the last fifteen years. Colin's work translates the consciousness of the drawings into paint and sees the figure's distillation into the immediacy of the face. Just as we recognize each other physically through kinesthesia, our face-to-face encounters press upon our understanding in ambiguous ways, ways that often circumvent conscious thought and language.