Arne Quinze was born in Gand in Belgium in 1971 and lives and works in Sint-Martens-Latem, Dutch-speaking Belgium and Shanghai, China. He started his career as an artist in the eighties by painting graffiti without having completed formal art studies. Quinze creates small and large sculptures, drawings, paintings and large-scale installations. He is most famous for his sculpture made of pieces of wood Uchronia, which burned during Burning Man in 2011.
Quinze has created two monumental installations in Brussels, which have the same structure: pieces of wood arranged like a swarm supported by pilings of the same material, set in concrete.
This type of construction has also been set up in Paris, Beirut and in Ohio.
His smaller works, sketches and drawings form the basis and research ground for his large-scale outdoor installations. Two of them take place in iconic locations in Brussels. Recurring key principles in Quinze’s work are the use of multiple types of materials including even scrap wood, metal and bronze, colored stained glass, electric colors for fluorescent paint, and themes referring to social interaction, communication and urbanism.
Arne Quinze paid a tribute to Claude Monet in Rouen by exhibiting paintings in the Saint-Ouen abbey in 2010.
In 2011, he proposes an interactive work with a mobile application that allows to see in the lens the “rocks strangers” when you photograph the Statue of Liberty with your smartphone.