CORDO makes of the urban women his central theme. He portrays these women without any facial expression nor figure so women can recognize themselves into the pictures. Moreover, the varnish is thrown at the artwork in order to reminisce time’s fluidity. The overflow of varnish rolls on as if it was leaving the canvas. Also, the bar code on the left bottom of the painting reminds us of each woman’s uniqueness that no woman can be taken for granted. CORDO makes them travel around the world with the nicest brands of wine on the planet.
Finally, focussing on gestures, the poses in high heels are filled with charm and authenticity so the woman can appreciate and recognize her value and femininity.
Born in Saint-Hyacinthe, in 1972. In 1996, while on a stroll in the Old Montreal, Cordo met Lysanne Pépin, a Montreal painter who has her art studio on Saint-Paul Street. This encounter was to change Cordo’ s life forever. It also instigated a passion deep inside of him that he had, beforehand, no knowledge of. Another turning point in Cordo’ s life was seeing one of Toulouse- Lautrec’s paintings. This provoked the artist in Cordo to emerge.
After 10 years of exploration, Cordo finally discovered a form of expression that he personified. Through the female character, Cordo’s creative expression is brought forth. He tends to capture the modern woman who has to co-exist with the many facets of everyday life. The modern woman needs to be professional by day, mother in the evening, and mistress when night falls. Modern woman must juggle with many different lives. The modern woman is aware that life today offers nothing permanent. She must be in constant movement and always alert.
When one gazes upon a Cordo painting, one is transported into a universe that is tinted with softness and voluptuousness. The atmosphere in Cordo’s paintings is accentuated by the various mediums he uses; such as the glossy varnish, the insertion of words, and the wood pieces. All of these elements are there to enrapture the viewer. His women are sometimes charming, mystic, or imbued with desire. The setting in Cordo’s paintings brings one to search the same momentary evasion and bliss that his female characters project.
Events and Media coverage : Le courrier St-Hyacinthe Newspaper May and November 2009 Le Parcours des arts et Art de Vivre Magazine Winter edition 2010 Magazin'Art Fall edition 2010 Salon des Vins de Montréal 2011 Sofadéco Magazine Fall edition 2010 Canadian House & Home Fall edition 2010 Salon des Vins de Québec / March 2011 Tourist Magazine Charlevoix / 2011 Condodéco Magazine March 2011 Fashion show with the serie Haute Couture sur Talons-hauts June 2011 Space Gallery B8, Québec Le courrier de Saint-Hyacinthe February 2011 Interview Cogeco, Autrement vu / 2011 Interview Cogeco, Connecté / 2011 Planète Jazz publicity 91,5 fm September 2011 Le Voir newspaper, / 2011
Permanent Exhibitions : L'Émeraude Gallery, Saint-Paul, Montréal Beauchamp Art Gallery, Sault-au-Matelot, Québec Beauchamp Art Gallery, Simcoe Street, Toronto Beauchamp Art Gallery, St-Jean Baptiste, Baie-St-Paul Las Olas Fine arts Gallery , Las Olas Blvd, Ft-Lauderdale
Restaurants : Le Local & Le Hangard, Montréal L'espiègle, Montréal La Queue de Veau, Québec
Art boutiques: 2000-09 Amandine, Saint-Hyacinthe
Exhibitions : 1999-03 Bonheur du Jour Gallery, Magog 2001-02 Molinari Gallery, Sainte-Catherine, Montreal 2001-03 Roussil Bélanger Gallery, Montreal 2002 Artitude Gallery, St-Denis, Montreal 2009 Le Luxart Gallery, St-Paul, Montreal
Private Collections :br /> Lili les bains Haute-Couture, Notre-Dame, Montreal Actuary Bergeron and Ass, Carré-victoria, Montreal Restaurant Ladies on the Lake, Magog