"When I think of reality, I think of a painted reality."
"Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter's identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing."
"An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively; only later do you attempt to rationalize or even justify it."
"My work is a self-portrait of my mind, a prism of my convictions."
"I am not a slave to reality. I am a slave to art."
"There's nothing more superficial to do than to paint a beautiful woman. The most beautiful portraits in art were of ugly women. If you paint Brigette Bardot, it's a disaster. Sunsets, you have to stay away from sunsets. You paint a sunset, you are in great danger."
"Art is important because when people start to forget, art reminds them of what happened."
"I'm the most Colombian of the Colombians."
"I often think about death, and it saddens me to leave this world and not be able to paint more. I love it so much."
"My popularity has to do with the divorce between modern art, where everything is obscure, and the viewer who often feels he needs a professor to tell him whether it's good or not. I believe a painting has to talk directly to the viewer, with composition, color and design, without a professor to explain it."
"Art should be an oasis: a place or refuge away from the hardships of life."
"Art is always an exaggeration in some sense; in color, in form, even in theme, etc... but it has always been this way."
"The only duty of an artist is in the quality of the art. There is no moral obligation to denounce. An artist confronted with a tremendous injustice sometimes feels inclined to say something. Denouncing the situation is the artist's choice."
"I have the sensation of doing something good for people, more than being a trendy artist or a successful artist."
"Expression without culture is flat. Many artists come out of art school and start doing thing that don't last. They are audacious because of ignorance. They are irresponsible."
"My subject matter is Colombia and it has always been Colombia; I lived many years in New York, in Paris, and I have never had the feeling to paint an American or a French subject matter. The thing is that the art - and the artist - must have roots in his own land, in his own life: my life is in Colombia, and my land is Colombia."
"Colombia has two faces: the face of joy, happiness, celebration, dancing, music, etc. and the face of violence. At some point in my life, I had the feeling that I needed to make a testimony of this second face of Colombia"