Arne Quinze was born in 1971 in Belgium and lives and works in Sint- Martens-Latem, Belgium and Shanghai, China. In the eighties he began working as a graffiti artist but he never finished an official art education. Quinze creates large and small sculptures, drawings, paintings, and large- scale installations. Smaller works, sketches, and drawings are the basis and research for his large installations. Recurring fundamentals in his oeuvre are the use of multiple types of wood, including salvaged wood, metal and bronze, coloured glass, electrical colours in fluorescent paint, and themes referring to social interaction, communication and urbanism. Since a while he’s doing research towards large-scale steel installations.
The Convento de San Francisco is extremely beautiful and ornate inside, which you wouldn’t expect from the simple facade. I’m glad we were curious enough to peek in, or else we would’ve missed this treat for the eyes.
The city is dead after 8pm; walking around the whole downtown looking for dinner, we were lucky to find the one pollo broaster place still open.
Airport is 1hour (without traffic) from the city, but you should always bet on encountering some delays on the road. The one-way cost for a taxi to/from the old city centre is 30$, so best to make friends at the baggage carrousel and share the cost!