+ I never paint a portrait from a photograph,
because a photograph doesn't give enough information
about what the person feels.
+ I am not academically trained, so my portraits
are half what I see and the other half is invented
or dictated by the person and the painting. That
moment when the person actually dictates the way
I do the portrait is when the intimacy arrives.
+ I'm at the age where I don't need an acid trip
to feel naked.. to feel that I don't exist. Now
a self-portrait is almost a reminder to me that
I do exist.
+ When you sit for an hour and a half in front
of somebody, he or she shows about twenty faces.
And so it's this crazy chase of, Which face? Which
one is the one?
+ In my head I am in one of those Buddhist caves
where you see a thousand Buddha faces on the wall.
In my head I am on my seventeen-year-old acid
trip, when I saw my personas fall one minute after
another, as if I was dying every moment.
+ When I look at a drawing of a person, I look
at that person as living. I don't know how to
explain it, but a photograph to me is always a
reminder of how the person was on a certain day
in that certain light fixed. When I look at a
watercolor' of that same person, it seems to me
alive, more open than a photograph.
+ There's poetry in the world. Poetry doesn't
belong just to the poets. You know, you can look
at the most premeditated, cold blooded movie and
find poetry in it.
+ To me the poets are closer than I am to the
idea of voice, to a sort of primeval song that
we all participate in. Maybe they express more
directly a sense of sympathy for other human beings.
Painting is a little bit more of a retreat from
human beings in real life; painting is more about
the extreme moments when speech doesn't help anymore.