10 Quotes from Famous Artists to Remind Us Why Art Matters

“Runner on Red Ver. II #2” (2008), Peter Max.

Do you have a favorite art quote? Is there a particular quote about art that really resonates with you?

Not surprisingly, we believe art is pretty important at Park West Gallery, so we often find ourselves collecting wise words on the subject from a variety of artists.

Why? Because art can be a surprisingly divisive topic. Some see art as an elective or “nice to have.” They see it as something that can be cut from school budgets with a minimum amount of fuss. Yet others see art as vital, irreplaceable, and one of the most important aspects of our culture and humanity. (We agree with the latter.)

Whenever we need a reminder of the overwhelming significance of art, we turn to the words of some of our favorite artists. Here are 10 art quotes that will help remind you why art should matter to everyone.


Romero Britto

“Art is too important not to share.”


Yaacov Agam

“There are two distinct languages. There is the verbal, which separates people… and there is the visual that is understood by everybody.”


Thomas Kinkade

“Art transcends cultural boundaries.”


David “Lebo” Le Batard

“I think the role of the artist is, is to take whatever it is they believe in and put it out there so the public can see it.”


Peter Max

“Don’t worry about mistakes. Making things out of mistakes, that’s creativity.”


Joan Miró

“A simple line painted with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness.”


Marc Chagall

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”


Chris DeRubeis

“All art should inspire and evoke emotion. Art should be something you can actually feel.”


Tim Yanke

“There is life in movement, death in stagnation. I approach every painting with the idea that I want that painting to continuously move.”


Autumn de Forest

“My goal as an artist is to create art that makes people look at the world in a different way.”


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