Montreal artist, Joanne Corneau, known in the art world as Corno, has been living and working in New York since 1992. Famous for her large and colourful female portraits with giant pouting lips and dishevelled hair, she is a phenomenon of sorts. Kitschy and unapologetically unsophisticated, her paintings have found a niche, turning her into a local and international success story seemingly overnight. Over 30 years into her prolific career, she has exhibited her large format works - that also include male and female torsos - almost everywhere in the world, from North America and Europe, to the Middle East and Asia. An astute self-promoter, she has a gallery exclusively showcasing her works located in Old Montreal, Aka Gallery, while she enjoys living and painting in Manhattan. Claiming passion and female sensitivity as her driving force, Corno continues to woo new customers. The latest to fall for her visually explosive pieces is Delegate General of Quebec in New York, Jean-Claude Lauzon. He has just purchased one of her paintings for his personal residence in the MOMA building in New York.

Corno studied at the Université du Québec à Montréal, graduating with a BA in Fine Arts.

 
Aka Gallery
51 St. Paul Street
Montreal
www.akagallery.com(lien externe)
cornostudio.com

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