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1993 Estienne School of Art - Applied Arts, Paris 

1995 École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris



2018   Posing Modernity: The Black Model From Manet to Matisse and Beyond , Wallach Art Gallery,                 Columbia University, October 24  2018– February 10 2019, New York

2018   Face Forward, Carroll Square Gallery, September 7 – December 7 2018, Washington D.C.

2018   Revealing Interiors, Princeton University Art Museum, May 5 – October 28 2018, Princeton, NJ

2018   Harlem Perspectives, Faction Art Projects, 20 Apr – 13 May 2018, Harlem, NY

2017   Island Might, No commission, Miami Basel

2017   Uptown, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, June 2, through August 20, 2017, New York

           Re-imagining a Safe Space, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, March 30 through                  October 20, 2017, New York

2016  Selling the Shadow P. 1, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town

         The Pineapple Show, Tiwani Contemporary, London

2016  The Moon is my only luxury, Long Gallery Harlem, New York

2015  ReSignifications, Fondazione Biagotti Progetto Arte, Florence

2013  Face Time: New Portraiture Now, Ground Floor Gallery, New York 

2013  Volta, New York

2013  International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Martinique (BIAC), Martinique

2012 Voices of Home, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York

2012 Voices of Home, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco

2011 Standing With Papa Legba, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, 

2011 New York

2011 Curate NYC, Rush Arts Gallery, New York

2011 Crown Heights Gold, Skylight Gallery, New York

2011 Mysterious Objects: Portraits of Joan Quinn, Santa Ana College Main Room, Santa Ana.

2011 Our History is our Strength, UBS Art gallery, Stamford, Connecticut.

2010 Fashioned In Time, Rush Arts Gallery, New York

2010 Ain’t I a Woman, MoCADA, New York

2010 Bon Vivant Gallery, Philadelphia

2010 There is No Looking Glass Here, 60 Wall Gallery, Deutsche Bank, New York

2009 The Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles

2009 The Arts Council, Greenwood

2009 In the Courtyard: Contemporary Women Artists, California African American Museum, 2009 Los Angeles

2009 Cooperative, Pounder-Kone Artspace, Hollywood

2008 Fondation Balthus, Rossiniere, Switzerland

2008 L’Art a la source Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland
2007 Fondation Balthus, Rossiniere, Switzerland







Arabindan-Kesson, Anna. “Portraits in Black: Styling, Space, and Self in the Work of Barkley L. Hendricks and Elizabeth Colomba,” Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Volume 38-39. p. 70
Brooks, Kalia. “Interview.” Ubikwist Magazine, Volume 3. Fall 2016. p. 214

Colomba, Elizabeth. “Reclaiming History: A Visual Essay,” Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Volume 38-39. p. 196

Jackson, Ayana V.  “The black women that art history forgot,” Blog. True Africa. May 3, 2016. 

Koushyar, Arman. “Strange Fruit: The Pineapple Show” Blog. IAM: Intense Art Magazine. September 8, 2016. 

Monique Long, editor. The Moon is my only luxury, exhibition catalogue, May 1– June 26, 2016, Long Gallery Harlem. New York.

Trigg, Sarah. “Tour an Artist’s Light-Filled Parisian-Style Studio in Harlem,” New York Magazine, The Cut. Blog. New York. April 22, 2016. (In conjunction with New York Magazine’s Art and Design issue)

Ward, Kelvin. “The Moon is my only luxury,” Vlog. The Bholdr. New York. May 14, 2016. 

2015 Ellyn Mary Toscano and Awam Amkpa, eds. ReSignifications: European Blackamoors, Africana Readings, exhibition catalogue, May 29 through August 29, 2015, New York University. Florence


Long, Monique. “If You Like…”, Studio: The Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine, Summer/Fall 2013, p. 45.


Arc Magazine. “Exhibition: I Am Woman, new paintings by Elizabeth Colomba,” ARC Magazine. November 13, 2012, p. 36 

Martinez, Vanessa. “The Impressive Profile of French Film Storyboard Artist and Painter Elizabeth Colomba,” Blog. Indiewire.  Los Angeles. April 3, 2012. 


Stacy Davies and Charlie Scheips, eds. Mysterious Objects: Portraits of Joan Quinn, exhibition catalogue, September 12 – November 1, 2011, Santa Ana College Foundation. Santa Ana.

Kidane, Zemen ““Ain’t I A Woman” Blog. Revisited: Getting to know the Artists,” Black Atlantic Resource Debate. March 28, 2011. 


Massara, Kathleen.“Who Ain’t A Woman?” L Magazine. August 4, 2010.

“There is No Looking Glass Here: The current exhibition at the Wall Gallery of Deutsche Bank,” Deutsche Bank Art Magazine, p. 12.

2009 Crockett, Tamara. “The Color Guard”, Upscale magazine, August 2009, p. 90.

Love, Graham. “Art fills Uptown,” The Index Journal, February 2009, p. 2A.





2009 Honored by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles for artistic contributions to the city


2015 Athena (2013) was awarded to the winners of the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival (along with a twenty-five thousand dollar cash prize).





2018 Director for a film for the Metropolitan Opera's MetShorts series, CENDRILLON featuring Grace Bol. Premiere: Live at the Met: Saturday, April 28, 2018


2018 The Library (Oil on canvas, 2005) is adapted for the cover of the paperback edition of FALSE LIGHTS, a novel of historical fiction by K. J. Whittaker. WHITTAKER, K.J. False Lights. S.l.: HEAD OF ZEUS, 2018. Print.

2016 Black Portraitures, Conference: Black Portraitures III: Reinventions, Strains of Histories and Culture, Johannesburg, panelist/presenter.

2015 Black Portraitures, Conference: Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Restaging Histories, Florence, panelist and participant in dedicated group exhibition

2013 Black Portraitures, Conference: Black Portraitures: The Black Body in the West, Paris, panelist/presenter




Princeton University

The Studio Museum in Harlem

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