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1993 Estienne School of Art - Applied Arts, Paris 

1995 École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris



Elizabeth Colomba Mythologies,Portland Museum of Art, Maine, May 5-September 3, 2023 Diaspora Stories: CCH Pounder Collection, Chicago, The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, March 18-July 16, 2023
Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art, Savannah, GA, Jepson Center, Telfair Museum, September 16, 2022-February 19, 2023


Art in Embassies, American embassy - Berlin, Germany.

Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art, Telfair museum - Savannah, Georgia.

Contemporary Dialogues in The American Wing - The Metropolitan museum of Art - New York, NY.

3 Continents : Colomba   Meurisse   Modan - Philippe Labaune Gallery, New York, NY

Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art, MOAD - San Francisco, California.

Elizabeth Colomba: Repainting the Story, Princeton Museum in Bainbridge - Princeton New Jersey.


Black American portraits, LACMA - Los Angeles, California. Nov 7, 2021–Apr 17, 2022

100 Women, 100 years, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, November to permanent.

Taking Space, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts - PAFA


Catalyst, art and social justice, Gracie Mansion, New York

Queen: The Charles H. Wright Museum Of African American History, Detroit, MI 

Painting it’s its own country, Harvey B. Gantt Center forx African-American Arts + Culture at Levine Center for the Arts Charlotte, NC


She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York, Gracie mansion, February 4 2019              2018  through December,  New York

Get up, Stand Up, June 12 to September 15  2019, Somerset House, Strand, London

American Psyche, the Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts, February 5 - April 15 2019, New York


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

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

 Four Seasons, The Elms,  June 26, 2018 - October 14, 2018, Newport, RI

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

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


Island Might, No commission, Miami Basel

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


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

The Pineapple Show, Tiwani Contemporary, London

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


ReSignifications, Fondazione Biagotti Progetto Arte, Florence


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

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


Voices of Home, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York

Voices of Home, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco


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

New York

Curate NYC, Rush Arts Gallery, New York

Crown Heights Gold, Skylight Gallery, New York

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

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


Fashioned In Time, Rush Arts Gallery, New York

Ain’t I a Woman, MoCADA, New York

Bon Vivant Gallery, Philadelphia

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


The Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles

The Arts Council, Greenwood

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

Cooperative, Pounder-Kone Artspace, Hollywood


Fondation Balthus, Rossiniere, Switzerland

L’Art a la source Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland


Fondation Balthus, Rossiniere, Switzerland





Anna Arabindan-Kesson. Biddy Mason, Asap Journal Art, August 2022.

157 of Juneteenth, cover of the New Yorker, June 19th 2022.

At Elizabeth Colomba’s Debut Museum Show, Black Women Are Finally Getting Their Due, Art News, April 2022

Jill Jones, “Uncovering: Elizabeth Colomba by Jill Jones,” Ubikwist, issue 13, November 13, 2021
Chris Gardner, “Tribeca Festival and Chanel Present ‘Art Is New York/New York Is Art’ Featuring Works by 60 Artists,” The Hollywood Reporter, June 7, 2021
Megan Voeller, “For ‘Taking Space’ at PAFA, women artists are as monumental as they want to be,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 1, 2021
Susan Stamberg, “In One Art Exhibition, Women Are ‘Taking Space’ They’ve Long Deserved,” NPR, February 25, 2021


“The Badass 50", InStyle Magazine, February 2019, p. 46


Kazanjian, Dodie. “Portrait Mode", Vogue Magazine, October 2018,

Kazanjian, Dodie. “Portrait Mode", Vogue Korea Magazine, December 2018, p. 254


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. 


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.





Awarded Headlands residency



Awarded the NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship for Painting

Voice Of A Woman award


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).




In America: An Anthology of Fashion, The Metropolitan museum of Art, collaboration with Andrew Bolton, May 7 – September 5, 2022

Fictions of Emancipation: Carpeaux Recast, writing statement on view,The Metropolitan museum of Art, March 10, 2022 – March 5, 2023

Speaking engagement, Barnard College, April 2022

Speaking engagement, Barnard College, October 2022

In conversation with with Thabisile Griffin at ICLS Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Racisms, March  2022

Visiting artist, Marshall Academy Lower School 5th grade, May 6th 2022


Speaking engagement - Metropolitan Museum of Art, Panel discussion with Corinna Gardner, Allison Glenn, Mariana Valencia, Hrag Vartanian.

Group critique PAFA

Speaking engagement - PAFA, In Conversation with Jodi Throckmorton

Speaking engagement - The Studio Museum in Harlem, In Conversation with Connie Cho


Speaking engagement - Panel discussion with Thomas Thurston,  Ashley James,  Frank Mitchell.


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


Jury for AIGA scholarship

Fashioning the Self, Conference: Fashioning the Black Body in Bondage and Freedom,  Brooklyn, panelist/presenter.


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


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


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



Park Avenue Armory

PAFA - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

JPMorgan Chase

Princeton University

The Studio Museum in Harlem

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