Do you really know Corno?
We recently wrote about Corno, a legendary figure in Quebec’s painting world and one of the most famous artists of the province, both abroad and in Canada. Rare are those in Quebec who have never heard her name or seen a representation of her paintings. But how much do you know about the fascinating artist behind these colorful and vibrant portraits?
Born in 1952, Johanne Corneau, known as Corno, was already one of the most sought after collectors in the late 1980s. She subsequently conquered the rest of Canada with exhibitions in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. Her artworks were presented at the Quebec Pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver, which greatly contributed to her growing popularity.
… to New York
She continued her career with exhibitions at the Morgan Gallery in Boston and at the University of San Diego before moving to New York in 1992. Like renowned painters Georgia O’Keefe and Salvador Dali before her, Corno held an exhibition at Steuben Glass Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York.
The rising popularity of the painter took off with the new millennium. In 2005, she was interviewed by Emmy Award-winning director Bernar Hébert for his film L’Art du Nu, which was launched at the International Festival of Films on Art, and then aired on Bravo !, ART-TV, France 5 and Radio-Canada. The following year, Corno was Cirque du Soleil’s guest artist for the premiere of Alegria at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.
In 2007, the painter was the Guest of Honor at Fido Spot in Toronto, where her work was screened on the largest outdoor digital screen in Canada. She exhibited at the Opera Hong Kong Gallery with unprecedented success in 2008; a very busy year since the artist has also exhibitions in Paris, Montreal and New York. (Click here to read more highlights of Corno’s career)
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