Jan Kaila studied in the Doctoral Program at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (FAFA) from 1997 to 2002 and earned his Doctorate in Fine Arts (DFA) in 2002. Since 2004, Kaila has been working as Professor of Artistic Research at FAFA. In 2008 he was elected Vice Rector of the FAFA, and later worked as a Vice Dean in the same institution from 2012 to 2014. Kaila has served as a lecturer and as an evaluator of fine arts education in several European countries. In 2004 he was a founding member of the European Artistic Research Network. Kaila has also held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows in various European countries, the United States, Russia, Japan and South Korea.