Ophelia Cornet is a painter, illustrator, and installation artist. She was born in Belgium to a family of musicians and designers. After a life-threatening car accident in her early 20’s, Ophelia moved to New Mexico for the dry climate which would assist her recovery. Equipped with knowledge in photography and painting from Rutgers University, she continued her artwork. Today, Ophelia pairs photographed images and oil paint to fête female protagonists in an intimate otherworldliness, creating dreamlike snapshots of the human experience.
Ophelia has been Lead Art Instructor at the Albuquerque Museum for the past 20 years. She has facilitated many community projects, such as a large sculpture for the ABQ BioPark, “The Likeness of Us” for the Bernalillo County Arts Board, and large mosaics at various local schools. Her work has shown at ACT 1 in Taos, Terra Santa on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, Mariposa Gallery, The Albuquerque Museum, and is currently showing at 516ARTS.
Ophelia has adopted New Mexico as her home for the past 30 years, raising her two daughters here. She has become an integral part of the community as an artist, art teacher, and involved resident. New Mexico’s rich history, expansive landscape, enduring traditions, and generosity of spirit continue to inspire her work.
Cornet, Ophelia. "Ethereal Axiom Paintings." Chamisa: A Journal of Literary, Performance, and Visual Arts of the Greater Southwest 1, 1 (2021). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/chamisa/vol1/iss1/43