CORNO - (1952 - 2016)


Born in Chicoutimi, a small-town North of Québec, in 1952, Corno dreamed to become an artist. Corno studied at the University of Quebec in Montreal where she obtained a BA in Fine Art turning to a full time painting career in her early 20s.  Corno has had a long and illustrious career that began in the 1980s when she became the darling of Canadian collectors after exploding onto the art scene and taking it by storm with a her full-fledged post-pop idiom that has been her signature style ever since and has in fact blossomed into an art movement influencing several generations of artists.

In 1992 she left a place where her life was secured to find herself in a city where nobody knew her - New York.  During her 20 year career in New York, Corno became known for her large format paintings of human torsos. Her original and unique style had allowed her build an international reputation.


Vivid colors, explosive energy, restless passion, tremendous sensuality, vibrant emotion and defying attitudes are all words that can describe only a fraction of what we feel looking at CORNO's work. Corno brought life into her art.  She masterly worked lights and colors all together. She painted the “unpaintable”. Her work compels you to stop and feel the painting – her world – a world that we all share. 

Restless, spontaneous, impulsive, she was.  Grasping the elements in a trance that remind us of Pollock and others passionate painters, she used to run from one side of the cancas to the other, throwing colors with real panache.  Corno expressed coarsely her opinions.  Without any doubt, this forthrightness transpires in her paintings, playing in a world of paradoxes  – tender & violent, careful & sudden, gentle & strong.


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