Who was the artist Carmelo Arden Quin?

Carmelo Arden Quin was a painter and sculptor born in Uruguay. He was the leader of the Madí art movement. Arden Quin was also the inventor of the “shaped canvas”: a cut-out frame, allowing the artist to free himself from the traditional rectangular format.

Carmelo Arden Quin was born in Rivera, Uruguay, in 1913. Arden Quin’s uncle—himself a painter and sculptor—introduced Carmelo to art. As a teenager, the young Arden Quin also took painting lessons. Arden Quin painted his first cubist work in 1934. He then had the idea of “reforming” the painting’s rectangular form, and began cutting out shapes from the edge of the work. This experiment marked the beginning of a career of artistic inventiveness.

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