Jorge Colombo has made an impression on the art world by working in a quite unusual medium: finger-painting on iOS devices. Born in Portugal in 1963, Colombo moved to the U.S. in 1989 and lived in Chicago and San Francisco before moving to New York City in 1998 with his wife, artist Amy Yoes. His illustration for the June 1, 2009 cover of The New Yorker was the first ever created on an iPhone for a major magazine and helped launch his career. Since then, Colombo’s “finger paintings” (now drawn on an iPad) have earned him a reputation for innovation, leading to several more cover illustrations for The New Yorker. In 2011, New York: Finger Paintings by Jorge Colombo was published, featuring 100 landscapes created on an iPhone and essays from Jen Bekman, Christoph Niemann and Colombo himself. The exhibition “Night Windows” — prints of NYC images — followed, opening at the Jen Bekman Gallery in Dec. 2011.
These days, Colombo uses frequent rides on the East River Ferry as a source of inspiration for his finger paintings. Prints of his work are available through Jen Bekman’s online art gallery, and he is often seen around Manhattan, painting on his iPad wherever the opportunity arises.
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