I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.
I love you more than my own skin.
I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.
Since my subjects have always been my sensations, my states of mind and the profound reactions that life has been producing in me, I have frequently objectified all this in figures of myself, which were the most sincere and real thing that I could do in order to express what I felt inside and outside of myself.
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.