Jorge Colombo was born in 1963 in Lisbon, Portugal; moved to the USA in 1989. Has lived in Chicago and in San Francisco. Living in New York City since 1998 with his wife, artist Amy Yoes. He has worked as an illustrator, as a photographer, and as a graphic designer.
After using mostly ink and of watercolor for decades, he started finger-painting on an iPhone in 2009. His cover illustration for the that year's June 1 issue of The New Yorker was the first one created on an iPhone for a major magazine. He currently works almost exclusively on touch-screens (iPhone or iPad).
The book "New York: Finger Paintings by Jorge Colombo," containing one hundred landscapes created on an iPhone, plus essays by Jen Bekman, Christoph Niemann, and JC, was published in 2011 by Chronicle Books in association with 20x200.com. The exhibition "Night Windows", featuring prints of NYC images, opened December 2011 at Jen Bekman Gallery.
He has three books published in Portugal: "Fullerton," a collection of his watercolor drawings from the 1990s; "Of Big and of Small Love," a photographic novel created in collaboration with novelist Inês Pedrosa; and "Lisboa Revisitada," photographs after poems by Álvaro de Campos, which were exhibited at Casa Fernando Pessoa in Lisbon. He currently shoots with an iPhone for the most part.
Elsewhere on the web
The blogs TheJorgeColombo and JC/filter feature recent projects, events, jobs, assignments.
The blog JC/flashback is a collection of older sketches,
one-offs, experiments, rarities, off-shoots, and mistakes.
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Some texts & links
A video segment for NewYork.com
An interview with Adobe Inspire, September 2013
An interview with Design Arts Daily, October 2011
An article on the NYTimes T Magazine blog, August 2011
An interview with Varoom Magazine, October 2010 <
An interview with Illustration Voice, 2009
The New Yorker blog about the June 1, 2009 cover
Françoise Mouly and JC talk to New York Times about the iPhone cover
An interview with San Francisco's 7x7 online edition
An interview with cnet, 2009
An ABC News segment about several iPhone artists
More ABC coverage (click on WATCH for a Good Morning America appearance)
A Toronto Star article (contains some video footage)
A TV segment for RTP1 (in Portuguese)
Emdashes articles about the first, second, and third New Yorker covers
UK's The Guardian about the early iPhone drawings