Carmelo Arden Quin : a shaped and colorful world

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Carmelo Arden Quin

Carmelo Arden Quin was a poet, painter, sculptor and co-founder of the international artistic movement "Madí", born on March 16, 1913 in Uruguay.

His first painting, "Naturel Morte Cubiste" or "Cubist Still Life" was created in 1934. At the age of 21, he met his mentor, the Uruguayan sculptor Joaquín Torres García. Following his mentor's steps, Arden Quin's personal style is full of contrasting colors and geometric patterns. Some of the main characteristic concepts in Quin's work are the irregular shaped frames.

 Madi movement's main characteristics are: irregular frames, movable and displacing architecture, pan interval music composition and invented poetic propositions. Many painters, musicians, sculptors, writers, and poets have been members of this international artistic movement since the 1940s until today.

In 1946 Arden moved to Paris and returned to Argentina in 1955. Indefinitely back to Paris on year later,  he continued with his work, introducing collage and découpage and painted a lot. 

Among his last exhibitions, the most outstanding ones were hosted by the Galerie Charley Chevalier, Paris (1973); the Galerie Quincampoix, Paris (1977); the Exhibition in Tribute to His Sixty Years, by the Espace Latin-Americain, Paris (1983); the Galeria Niza, Brescia (1986); the Galerie Down Town, Paris (1987); the Gallery El Patio, Bremen, Germany (1988), and the Foundation for Art and Technology, Madrid (1997).

He died in Savigny-sur-Orge, France, on September 27th 2010.

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