Corneille van Beverloo was born in 1922 in Ličge, Belgium, by Dutch
parents. After his school years he studied drawing at the Arts Academy
in Amsterdam during the years 1940-43. As a painter he is autodidact.
The first exhibition was
shown 1946 in the Dutch city of Groningen together with artists from the
Dutch Experimental group Reflex.
Corneille came to Paris for
the first time in 1946, and immediately he felt at home in the pulsating
art metropolis. Together with Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, Dotremont and
Constant, Corneille founded the COBRA-group in Paris 1948. Many other
artists, poets and architects joined the group; among them the Swedish
artists C-O Hultén, Max Walter Svanberg and Anders Osterlin.
During his travels around
the world Corneille has got impulses and inspiration to new works of
art. Especially the African culture has influenced and enriched his
work, and during his journeys to Africa the interest for African art
aroused and made him a devoted collector of African sculptures and