Cristiana Collu was born in Cagliari in 1969.
From 2015 she is General Director of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome.
She graduated at the University of Cagliari in 1993 with a Degree in Modern Letters specialized in Arts discussing a thesis in Medieval Art History.
Then she moved for one year in Burgos (Spain) with the Cometto Mediterraneo ’90 Grant.
Her education continued in the academic area between Spain, Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and MCA-Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and Italy, where she also taught at several Italian universities as a Contract Professor since 2006 to 2014 in contemporary art, museology and museum planning.
From 1996 to 2012 she was Director of the MAN- Museum of Art Province of Nuoro and from 2009 to 2015 Director of the MART – Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto with the specific task of Museum Planner to revitalize the Cultural program of the museum and at the same time Director of the Sardinian Ethnographic Museum.
Since 2009 she has been the Curator of the Terna Prize.