Corneille was born Corneille Guillaume Beverloo on July 3, 1922, in Liège, Belgium. From 1940 to 1943 he studied drawing at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. His first one-man show was held in 1946 at Het Beerenhuis in Groningen, The Netherlands. In 1948 to co-found the Nederlandse Experimentele Groep (NEG), which published the periodical Reflex, and the CoBrA movement, which included Jorn, Appel, Constant, Christian Dotremont and Joseph Noiret. On his return from travels in North Africa Corneille participated in the 1949 NEG and CoBrA exhibitions at the Galerie Colette Allendy in Paris and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He studied etching with Stanley William Hayter in 1953 in Paris, and ceramics with Tullio Mazzotti in Albisola, Italy. Corneille received the Guggenheim International Award for The Netherlands in 1956. In 1957 he participated in the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles in Paris. A Corneille retrospective was held at the Musee d’Antibes, France, in 1963. Since the late seventies, he has continued to represent tropical landscapes and gardens inhabited with animals and women through figurative paintings. Corneille died in Auvers-sure-Oise, France, on September 5, 2010 .