Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Everything you can imagine is real.
The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.
My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
One must act in painting as in life, directly.
We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand.
Give me a museum and I'll fill it.
Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.
To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.
What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero.
Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.
An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.
I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.
The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.
To draw you must close your eyes and sing.