Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan

Biography

Author Profession: Lebanese Poet
Born: February 24, 1925
Age: 91 years old
Birth Sign: Pisces

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Do what your inner soul tells you to do, regardless of any money or success it will bring you.

Colours exist for me as entities in themselves, as metaphysical beings.

I always had a few people who liked what I did, and that was enough.

I didn't want to read French or write it; it was like a boycott, a rejection.

I love Nicolas de Stael particularly, and my work can remind people of him. But looked at attentively, our works are not similar at all.

I write what I see; I paint what I am.

Mount Tamalpais became my house. For Cezanne, Sainte-Victoire was no longer a mountain. It was an absolute. It was painting.

Once I put down a color, I never cover it up. If you are born a musician, why become a banker?

We were taught to think that Paris was the center of the universe.

My writing and my paintings do not have a direct connection in my mind. But I am sure they influence each other in the measure that everything we do is linked to whatever we are, which includes whatever we have done or are doing.

Places are part of nature, of the bigger picture. We are interrelated. When we contemplate them in their own right, they can sometimes change our lives; they can become spiritual experiences.

Usually, I am a compulsive person, and I need - sometimes urgently - to paint... Painting is close to poetry, is a kind of poetry expressed visually. It has to be spontaneous, rapid - at least in my case.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

Most people have a blank slate and can start from nothing. But for me, I had to break a bad habit that I've been doing all of my life, which is freestyle hip-hop. Roshon Fegan

I really am happy that I met my agency and my management company, because they see me as a person and not just a Latin woman. Daniella Alonso

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