Renato Abate (born 25 April 1958), best known as Garbo, is an Italian singer-songwriter and record producer. He is considered as one of the most important exponents of Italian new wave music.
Born in Milan, Garbo made his debut in 1981 with A Berlino... Va Bene, an album clearly influenced by the David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy that, pushed by the eponymous title-track, raised some attention from critics and public. Even the two subsequent albums had some success, but the peak of his career came in 1984 with the song "Radioclima" that he presented at the Sanremo Music Festival winning the Critics Jury Award. He came back in Sanremo Festival the following year, with the song "Cose veloci". In 1993 Garbo founded his own record label, Discipline, with which he published his later works.
In 2006 Garbo was honored by a tribute album, ConGarbo, in which his most famous songs were covered by some of the most important personalities of Italian independent music such as Baustelle, Delta-V, Krisma, Zu and Meg (former members of 99 Posse), Soerba, Andy (member of Bluvertigo) and Boosta (member of Subsonica).