About Arne Quinze
Arne Quinze – the stage name of Arne van Collie – is a sculptor, painter and conceptual artist, who makes installations in public space. He started out as a graffiti artist and worked for a while as a handyman: carpenter, plumber and electrician.
Quinze became known for placing Uchronia, a wooden construction of thirty meters high and sixty meters wide that he made together with Jan Kriekels and Maurice Engelen for the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert in the United States in 2006.
Later he built Cityscape in Brussels (2007), a year after that The Sequence, in wood and concrete, behind the Flemish Parliament, also in Brussels.
His works have been shown in New York, Miami, São Paulo, Milan and Verona. In Ostend and Paris, sculptures of his have been permanently placed in public space. Quinze works with a team of about ten people on his installations. In addition to architectural sculptures, they also make video installations that show his vision of society and how people see themselves in relation to society.
Natural Chaos was shown during ART ZUID in 2017. The two-meter-high sculptures of steel and aluminum are a song of praise for nature. But they also comment on the decay of nature the loss of species which have coincided with our consumerism and global warming. With his works he wants to open the eyes of the viewers to the unbridled beauty and opulence of flora and fauna.
The fact that since his birth (1971) man has destroyed more than 30% of the flora and fauna in the world, is his motivation to stop this process. He wants to make the living environment more human and green as opposed to the continued expansion of monotonous cities.