LEA COLOMBO

PHOTOGRAPHER + ARTIST

Lea Colombo

A self-taught artist born in 1993 in Cape Town, South Africa, Lea Colombo is a creative nomad. Her commercial work as a photographer and director has cemented her place among the most influential global fashion names, while her profile as a fine artist rapidly gains clout. Recognized for her bold and saturated style, Colombo examines the values and connections between color, light and emotion. Her art reflects her personality – she is unafraid to push boundaries.

 

Colombo’s practice is spontaneous and intuitive, unguarded and intimate. Her artworks reflect how she views both herself and the world. She channels her mediums to explore individuation and to connect with her surroundings. Colombo combines unconventional approaches to create balance – balance that is expressed through the masculine and feminine, shadow and light, color and desaturated, yin and yang.

 

As a multidisciplinary artist, Colombo works with a range of mediums such as print, photography, painting, and sculpture. Her highly recognizable dark room prints express fluidity and intimacy that engage the viewer on a deeply personal plane. Her exploration of color through diverse mediums reveals the multiplicity of our connections to a higher consciousness. In 2021, Colombo presented her inaugural and independently produced solo show titled ‘Colours of My Body.’ The exhibition was simultaneously presented in both Cape Town and Los Angeles, creating a dialogue between two locations. Parsing the material and the immaterial, it was the contemporary search for meaning, escape and self-discovery that became the lynchpin of ‘Colours Of My Body.’ This introspective study of the sacred feminine called upon centuries of artistic and spiritual practice, re-centering the artist’s physical body as the subject of a holistic master work. The monumental body of work included more than 44 original dark room prints, digital images, bronze and stone sculptures, lighting, and installation art. Through the collection Colombo held a mirror to presence.

 

From her fine art Colombo has produced capsule clothing collections with brands such as COS, Palm Angels & Aritzia. Her commercial work has been featured in many leading fashion and art publications such as Vogue, Dazed, i-D, Self Service and M Le magazine du Monde among others. Her commercial clients include Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Versace, Calvin Klein and Marni.

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SELECTED PROJECTS

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PUCCI x Lea Colombo
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PUCCI x Lea Colombo
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PUCCI x Lea Colombo
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PUCCI x Lea Colombo
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PUCCI x Lea Colombo

“The opportunity to collaborate with Lea and explore her unique processes allowed us to take our brand DNA and truly reimagine the designs through her work. Embracing the synergy between art and fashion, we showcase Lea’s enthusiastic, mood-boosting approach to color and how she embraces an individual approach to style.”

-Karin Gustafsson, Design Director, COS
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Louis Vuitton Men's Fall 2022 Pre-Collection campaign
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Dazed
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Dazed
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Dazed
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Dazed
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Palm Angels x The Webster collaboration
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Palm Angels x The Webster collaboration
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Palm Angels x The Webster collaboration
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Palm Angels x The Webster collaboration

"I dress very colorfully so my work is very colorful. Both are an extension of my expression and understanding of self and my surrounds.”

-Lea Colombo
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Palm Angels x The Webster collaboration
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Palm Angels x The Webster collaboration
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'Colours of My Body' installation
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'Colours of My Body' installation

“‘Colours of My Body’ is a bold exploration of feminine energy, spirituality, and the divine self via mixed media.”

-Dazed
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“I loved the process of adapting these new mediums to my intuitive understanding of colour – harnessing it in different ways whilst exploring its power, energy and gravitational pull.”

- Lea Colombo
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'Colours of My Body' included works
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'Colours of My Body' included works
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Versace Resort 2022 campaign
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Versace Resort 2022 campaign

"Colombo's use of high-contrast, washed-out colors and glimmering, distorted projections make the psychedelic energy of the collection really pop.”

- The Impression
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Versace Resort 2022 campaign
Versace Resort 2022 campaign
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Versace Resort 2022 campaign
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Versace Resort 2022 campaign
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Akoni Eyewear SS22 campaign

"Akoni defines itself as ‘framing visionaries,’ and a true visionary is eager and open to exploring and experiencing the art, emotions and beauty that surrounds all of us."

-Salma Rachid, Creative Director
Gimaguas Spring/Summer 2022 capsule collection
Gimaguas Spring/Summer 2022 capsule collection
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Aritzia collection
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Aritzia collection
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Aritzia collection
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Aritzia collection
Aritzia collection bags
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EDITORIAL

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EPOCH Magazine
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EPOCH Magazine
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Beauty Papers
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"The work of Lea Colombo has become more complex and denser but has always preserved its heart: the color, omnipresent, frontal and explosive, like a boxer punching the viewer’s eye to reach their whole body."

-Thibaut Wychowanok, Editor-in-chief, Numéro Art
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Replica
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Dazed
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Dazed
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Re-Edition
Dust Magazine
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Replica
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"For me, color is so important and essential. It's so interesting because color is always changing and emotions are always changing.”

-Lea Colombo
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ADVERTISING

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Palm Angels campaign
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Palm Angels campaign
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Palm Angels campaign
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Palm Angels campaign
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Palm Angels campaign
Palm Angels campaign
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Superga Fall/Winter 2022
Superga Fall/Winter 2022
Superga Fall/Winter 2022
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Superga Fall/Winter 2022
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Fenty campaign
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Fenty campaign
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Fenty campaign
Fenty campaign
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Nike campaign
Nike campaign

"Dedication to craft is at the heart of her work, and comes through vividly in all she captures.”

-Nike
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RE/DONE campaign
RE/DONE campaign
RE/DONE campaign
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Moncler campaign
Moncler campaign
MCM campaign
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Ardusse campaign
Ardusse campaign
Panconesi campaign
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Marni campaign
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Marni campaign
Marni campaign
Net-a-Porter jewelry campaign
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Bantu Wax campaign
Bantu Wax campaign
Aries x Umbro campaign
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Superdry campaign
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Superdry campaign
Miu Miu campaign
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Calvin Klein fragrance campaign
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Calvin Klein fragrance campaign
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Calvin Klein fragrance campaign
Calvin Klein fragrance campaign

FILM

Fenty campaign
Calvin Klein campaign
Superdry campaign 2020
Superdry campaign 2020
Superdry campaign 2020
Superdry campaign 2020
MCM campaign
Givenchy campaign 2019
Let's Panic
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EXHIBITIONS

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'Colours of My Body' installation
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'Colours of My Body' installation
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Selected work
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Selected work
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Selected work
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Selected work
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PUBLICATIONS

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Palm Angels x Rizzoli
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Palm Angels x Rizzoli
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Palm Angels x Rizzoli
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Palm Angels x Rizzoli
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Palm Angels x Rizzoli
Palm Angels x Rizzoli
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Pictures
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Pictures

LEA COLOMBO