Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
When one buys some of my artwork I hope it is because they will wish to learn from it and not because they think it will match their drapes!
The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
Sadistic excess attempts to reach roughly and by harshness what art reaches by fineness.
The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters.
Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
Un croquis vaut mieux quíun long discours. Fr., A picture is worth a thousand words.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
All art is but imitation of nature.
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.
I dream my painting and I paint my dream.
If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.
An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.
The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.