Paolo Colombo (b. 1949, Turin) is a prominent Italian artist and curator currently based in Athens. Since 2008 he has served as art advisor for Istanbul Modern; was formerly curator of the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome (2001-07); director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (1989-2000); and notably curated the Iraqi Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Colombo’s artistic journey began in 1977 when he became the first European artist to exhibit at MoMA PS1, New York. Recently he has resumed his personal artistic practice, creating watercolour and pencil drawings featuring characters from poetry, animals, and intricate patterns, inspired by ancient mosaics.

Paolo Colombo is one of the first artists to be commissioned for the ITERARTE variations series, working with artisans in India specialised in embroidery. His latest solo exhibition was at Baert Gallery, Los Angeles (2024). His work is included in public collections at the Benaki Museum, Athens and Istanbul Modern.