Cornelis van Beverloo was born in 1922 in Liege in Belgium.
Corneille studied art at the Academy of Art in Amsterdam,
Holland. He was one of the founders of the REFLEX movement
in 1948 and in 1949 he was also one of the founders of
the COBRA group in Denmark, which has had great influence
on Scandinavian art.
He was active within the
group from the beginning, not only painting but also publishing
poetry in the Cobra magazine.
The poetic Corneille was
strongly influenced by Miro and Klee. After the group
dissolved in 1951 he moved to Paris and began collecting
African art. These primitive artifacts became evident
in his works, which began to take on a more imaginative
style, like landscapes seen from a birds eye view, exotic
birds and stylised forms.
Today Corneille lives and
works in Paris, he makes visits to Israel where he works
with the Jaffa Atalier. on 24 in September 2003 there
was an opening of his exhibition of prints, in the Ramat-Gan
Museum of Art, Israel.