The right words can spark curiosity, reignite passion, and create wonder. Here are 40 inspirational quotes from famous artists that can feed your artist’s soul and rekindle your creative spirit.

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.” – Cecil B. DeMille

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” – Claude Monet

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“The greatest respect an artist can pay to music is to give it life.” – Pablo Casals

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.” – Donatella Versace

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time, it’s just that others are behind the times.” – Martha Graham

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.” – Magdalena Abakanowicz

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” – Neil Gaiman

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Picasso

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Dr. Seuss

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will t“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
ake you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment.” – MaryAnn F. Kohl

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” – John Mason

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.” – Pablo Picasso

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” – Robert Hughes

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“When I say artist I mean the man who is building things…some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.” – Jackson Pollock

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.” – Rembrandt

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” – Stella Adler

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?.” – George Bernard Shaw

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“The unfed mind devours itself.” – Gore Vidal

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.” – Elaine Heffner

Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” – Steve Jobs

Did you enjoy these art quotes?

Whether you’re an artist or not, these wise words are sure to inspire and motivate you. Don’t forget to share your favorites on social media. Until then, keep an eye out for more inspirational quotes.

Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos for Fancycrave.com. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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