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Quebec artist Corno dies of throat cancer

by December 22, 2016 General

Celebrated Quebec painter Corno died Wednesday after a battle with throat cancer. She was 64.

Joanne Corneau, the painter’s full name, had been in Mexico for the last month getting treatment. Her death was confirmed by her brother, Guy Corneau.

Born in Chicoutimi, in Quebec’s Saguenay region, Corno lived for the past 25 years in Manhattan’s Soho district. Corno got her start in Montreal, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Having become a favourite of art collectors in Canada, she moved to Manhattan in 1991, with limited English-language knowledge, but made friends with a hair stylist who hung up her paintings in his salon. Corno gained international recognition for her post-pop style, and her work inspired an international art movement.

Corno opened Galerie AKA in 2006 in Montreal, and last year hosted a fundraiser for the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital where she painted male nudes in front of a crowd of 300 people. The event was called Corno Live Painting. Sexy, provocative, and hot.

Her works were shown in galleries in New York, London, Paris, Venice, Monaco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and Dubaï.