Posted on March 7th, 2011 by .

Joanne Corneau, the artist known as Corno, was born in Quebec and studied art at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Then she took off for New York, where she has lived and worked for 20 years…

Corno‘s large, vibrantly-coloured paintings are carried by Galerie AKA in Montreal.  Her work is also sold in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and London at the Opera Gallery. Corno paints sensuous bodies and huge faces with sexy lips. Her work is bright and very ‘street’, full of raw energy. She just published her first book, Cornographie, which details her life of painting and some wild moments in Manhattan.

She took a moment to chat with us when she was in town for her cool show on until the middle of May at the Galerie Lounge TD on Saint-Catherine Street.

Who are you? I am an artist. I have been painting for 30 years. It is my passion, and my destiny. I can’t imagine not painting.

Who are some celebrities who own your work? Well, I can name a few, such as Sylvester Stallone, Lionel Ritchie and Domenico Dolce (Dolce & Gabbana).

What do you miss most about Montreal? Even after 20 years away, I still miss my friends.

What is your favourite part of Montreal? I love that there are so many green spaces in this city.  My favourite is Outremont Park, and I think I read there is a tango festival in the parks this summer. I hope I am in town for that.

When you are here, what is your favourite restaurant? Montreal restaurants are still amazing! I love to find the new ones when I come back to the city. My favourite is still l’Express on St-Denis. I love its Paris bistro feel – and of course, the food.

What is your favourite 5 à 7 place? I always stay at the Sofitel when I am in town.  So I tend to go downstairs to le Renoir just off the lobby. I love it as a bar and also as a 5 à 7 place before the night starts.

Which boutiques do you like when you shop in Montreal? I always head down to St-Paul in Old Montreal. The boutiques there have elegance and eccentricity – so I can choose!

What Montrealer would you like to meet? I would love to meet Arcade Fire.

What galleries do you go to when you are in Montreal? I always take the time to visit the MAC.



Galerie Lounge TD, 305 Saint-Catherine Street West, 2nd floor

Galerie AKA, 51 Saint-Paul Street West


Photo Credits: Corno Photo by Ludwig Ciupka pour Agence Tuxedo Boutique, Galerie AKA: Corno, Rush, diptych, 2010, mixed media on canvas & Corno, Face with Black and Fluorescent Yellow, diptych, 2010

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