Wednesday, 11 February 2009


When I was 16 years old, I had kept all my savings from my summer job to buy myself something big and special. After a gallery tour in old Montreal, my boyfriend at the time suggested I buy a Corno painting, a Montreal based artist who was starting to be known for her colorful and fiery torso paintings, arguing that this would be a good investment. It is probably the only time I should have listened to him, but ends up I didn't. Nope. I had a way better idea! With my money, I would buy myself a great cassette/radio/CD player with the set of 6 speakers. Two yeas later, that great cassette/CD player had been to repair twice and finally ended up in the trash for its incapacity to play CDs without skipping.
Every time I look at Corno's paintings, I think about that story and it reminds me that yes, it would have been a great investment since Cornos paintings are worth a lot more of money now...

Corno is now a renowned artist around the globe. With an ever-increasing international demand for her work, Corno had several landmark shows in 2008. First it was Hong Kong which attracted collectors, critics, and art dealers alike. Then she took Paris by storm with a joint exhibit Corno & Moz followed closely by a group show MADE IN NY which juxtaposed her bold paintings with the American masters who influenced her figurative work – Warhol, in particular. Then she made a splash in Montreal and in December it was Roc-Roussey & Corno, another blockbuster exhibit at Opera Gallery NYC. In March of 2009, she will have another major exhibit in Singapore followed in April by her first one woman show at Opera Gallery Dubai.

Briefly looking back, 2007 seemed to be an endless stream of Toronto events! In August, she was the Guest of Honor for the launching of the Fido Spot where her work was projected on the largest state of the art outdoor digital projector system in Canada. In June, her work was featured at Luminato, Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity, in addition to being shown at the Thompson Landry Gallery.

Other notable exhibits include in 2006 an exhibition at AKA Gallery in Montreal's Golden Mile where she is now permanently represented. The opening was featured on prime time national news. The Left Coast Gallery in Los Angeles, and a sold-out two-woman show at Opera Gallery Hong Kong. At the beginning of the year, Corno had been the featured artist at the Premiere of Alegria, a spectacular show created by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London. Corno's works were hung in the VIP room as well as the swank Roof Gardens where more celebrations took place. In tandem with her Cirque du Soleil show, Corno’s art was also featured at Opera Gallery London.

2005 highlights include an interview for the documentary The Art of the Nude directed by Emmy award-winner Bernar Hébert which premiered at the International Festival of Films on Art, and later aired on Bravo!, Art-TV, France 5 and CBC Television. Before that it was the Massive Media Techno-Graffiti Event at the upscale Columbus Circle and Union Square in New York City. Corno's art was projected larger than life on building façades in bold high-tech fashion, a crowd stopper even for jaded New Yorkers. Earlier in the year, Corno was the featured artist at the high-brow international fashion event The Train creating a 45 foot mural for fashionistas, curators, designers, diplomats and celebrities.

Corno’s works can be found in museums, corporate collections and private collections all over the world. Most recently, she has been chosen by MORE MAGAZINE to be among the Top 40 over 40 women in Canada for 2009. After much hard work, she never takes her success for granted and encourages young artists to follow their dream because sometimes… dreams really do come true.

+Her website
+Aka Gallery
+Opera Gallery

Credits and infos about picture #
1-Portrait of Corno by Ludwig Ciupka
2-Diptych on Blue With Yellow Hair, 2008, 120 x 72
3-Female Torso on Brick Red, 2007, 48 x 60
4-Face With Golden Hair on Green, 2008, 156 x 72
5-Male Torso on Peach,48 x 60, 2007
6-Face on Orange, Special Edition, 2008, 13 x 32 or 17 x 42

1 comment:

MIKEMESS said...

I met Corno back in the 90's and hung out with her a few times...she's a really cool person.

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