Paolo Colombo is an Italian artist and curator. Born in 1949 in Turin, Italy, Colombo lives and works in Athens, Greece, and is the Art Advisor for the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2008 to present).


In 2017, Colombo curated the Iraqi Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Between 2001 – 2007, Colombo was the curator of the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome, and the director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva between 1989 – 2000. In 1999, Colombo curated the 6th Istanbul Biennale. In 1977, Colombo was the first European artist to exhibit at PS1, New York.


After a 25 year hiatus, Colombo took up his personal work as an artist again, coinciding with his move to Athens, Greece. “I just picked up a pencil and my old box of watercolours…and started as if one day had not gone by. I have only used watercolour and paper during my whole life because think it is easily transportable and because it is a technique that does not allow for corrections.”


Colombo works exclusively with watercolours and pencil, “a strictly intimate practice which demands to be seen one on one, like one would read a book…it is fundamentally lyrical”. Colombo’s drawings are dream-like meditations, which include poetry, animals, soft washes of colour and his signature chequered squares and fine lines.


The gallery has had two exhibitions with Paolo Colombo. The first Frosorina, was in May/June 2017 and most recently we exhibited Paolo’s work along side Kiki Smith’s sculptures in an exhibition called Of Birds and Monkeys (Feb/March 2020).

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Tristan Hoare Gallery, London
Bernier/Eliades, Athens
2018 Baert Gallery, Los Angeles
Marc Jancou OFFSITE, Rossinière
2017 Espacio Valverde, Madrid



Tristan Hoare Gallery, Frosorina, London

Qbox, Athens

2014 Qbox, Athens
1982 Massimo Minini, Milan
1981 Annina Nosei, New York
1980 Giorgio Persano, Torino
1979 Bemier/Eliades, Athens
1978 Centre d’ art contemporain, Geneva
1977 P.S.1 (Broom closet), Long Island City, Queens, New York.
1974 Mario Tazzoli, Milan