To draw you must close your eyes and sing.
With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance.
Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.
The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.
Painting is a language of its own. You cannot interpret one form of expression with another form of expression.
I have been enlightened. I have fallen into poetry and it has swallowed me up.
Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
An artist is his own fault.
The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.
Every good painter paints what he is.
For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.
I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
I paint flowers so they will not die.
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.
Space is the breath of art.
I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.
For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art.
Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash.
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
I think the idea of art kills creativity.
Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.
Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. To such an extent indeed that one day, finding myself at the deathbed of a woman who had been and still was very dear to me, I caught myself in the act of focusing on her temples and automatically analyzing the succession of appropriately graded colors which death was imposing on her motionless face.
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different- life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself- a girl should be two things: who and what she wants.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.