quote by Faith Ringgold

No other creative field is as closed to those who are not white and male as is the visual arts. After I decided to be an artist, the first thing that I had to believe was that I, a black woman, could penetrate the art scene, and that, further, I could do so without sacrificing one iota of my blackness or my femaleness or my humanity.

— Faith Ringgold

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In my view, Zhang Lanxin is one of our best female martial artists, and I can't rate her highly enough.


Female artists quote No artist tolerates reality.
No artist tolerates reality.

People ask why there are so few female artists who succeed.

It's because women are not ready to sacrifice as much as men. Women want a man, they want a family, they want to have children, they want to be loved, and to be an artist. And they can't; it's impossible.

Female artists quote There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
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Actually, I know for a fact there are some young female artists who don't even sing on their own records and who don't sing live. And that is pathetic.

OK, it was black, it was below grade, I was female, Asian American, young, too young to have served. Yet I think none of the opposition in that sense hurt me.

You got a handful of great guys - Ne-Yo, R.

Kelly, Usher. You have a handful of great female artists. But for the most part the music world's changing and change is good. You have to make adjustments if you want to survive in that world.


Female artists quote A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who ispires others.
A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who ispires others.

I don't like being under someone elses thumb.

I'm very supportive of other female artists, especially those trying to make their own statement... trying to do what they want instead of being someone else's Barbie doll.

It's hard to be taken seriously if you're a young, female artist making pop music; you never know how people are going to react.

I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness.

I want a man lying over me, always over me. His will, his pleasure, his desire, his life, his work, his sexuality the touchstone, the command, my pivot. I don’t mind working, holding my ground intellectually, artistically; but as a woman, oh, God, as a woman I want to be dominated

Female artists quote Every artist was first an amateur.
Every artist was first an amateur.

In the tradition of great female artists, Karla Bonoff, Bonnie Raitt, Christine McVie, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan....now enter Maia Sharp.

A female artist friend of mine recently told me that she was advised to 'look more slutty.' I asked her boyfriend what the equivalent advice for a man would be. He said to be more muscular. That made me rush to the gym.


A historic, in-depth study of what it means to risk one's life to be an artist.

It is also a depiction of sexual confusions, ironic outrage and rage, and the shedding of society's armor to create a female knight in pursuit of a vision. Georgia O'Keeffe is the one woman who was there first in the world of art.

Female artists quote I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

I never felt oppressed because of my gender.

When I'm writing a poem or drawing, I'm not a female; I'm an artist.

I've always been inspired by female performers and artists who really surround who they are around their voice. For me, it's always been about the voice. I wanna hear someone just sit by a piano, on a stool, and just sing - and that's it!

I feel totally female. I didn't compete with men and I don't want to look like a man! I love being a lady and dressing up and masquerading and wearing all the fineries. I'm breaking down the idea that the artist has to look poor, with berets.

Female artists quote Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist

I came at a time where male artists where dominating, so I had to do something quick to get people's attention. I wanted to let people know that women artists can hold their own compare to the men. Sex got their attention, while I open the road for the other female artists.


every artist is both male and female, and .

.. sometimes, the two great elements are in conjunction with him, so that all by himself he suddenly gets the melody and the burst of feeling of a great symphony without any external stimuli.

Every man who is any kind of artist has a great deal of female in him.

I act and give of myself as a man, but I register and receive with the soul of a woman. The only really good artists are feminine. I can't admit the existence of an artist whose dominant personality is masculine.

Female artists quote Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.
Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.

At my second record label, they told me and other female artists that some of us were going on the chopping block. I was 19... and it was devastating.

When I was younger I would always listen to female artists that are my age now and I felt like I couldn't always connect with them because all these people would constantly sing these party songs and I couldn't always relate to them. When I was younger it felt very alienating and I try my best to be the person that I would've needed, for other people.

I think the Internet really sussed things into perspective.

Because twelve years ago, I could spend my days on writing and running my band and touring and making posters and practicing with my band and working on my vocals, but I didn't spend a large pie chart of my time sifting through criticism as well, and nowadays I do, and all female artists do, because to be able to promote your work, you need to live in those spaces.


Female artists quote No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.

When human beings have been fascinated by the contemplation of their own hearts, the more intricate biological pattern of the female has become a model for the artist, the mystic, and the saint. When mankind turns instead to what can be done, altered, built, invented, in the outer world, all natural properties of men, animals, or metals become handicaps to be altered rather than clues to be followed.

The being who, for most men, is the source of the most lively, and even, be it said, to the shame of philosophical delights, the most lasting joys; the being towards or for whom all their efforts tend for whom and by whom fortunes are made and lost; for whom, but especially by whom, artists and poets compose their most delicate jewels; from whom flow the most enervating pleasures and the most enriching sufferings -- woman, in a word, is not, for the artist in general... only the female of the human species. She is rather a divinity, a star.

There are a lot of female artists my age around at the moment, but they're all American and blonde and blue-eyed and smiley. I'm totally the opposite of that. I want to show a bit more attitude and I have an opinion.

Female artists quote Good artists borrow, great artists steal.
Good artists borrow, great artists steal.

The state of female artists is very good.

But the very definition of art has been biased in that 'art' was what men did in a European tradition and 'crafts' were what women and natives did. But it's actually all the same.

There's so much about Dolly Parton that every female artist should look to, whether it's reading her quotes or reading her interviews or going to one of her live shows. She's been such an amazing example to every female songwriter out there.


I'm always open to questions asked, and it will be up to me at that moment to decide if I want to answer or not. I've always been the kind of artist that wanted to focus so much more on the music than all these other things. For example, "what does it feel like to be a female in a male dominated industry"?

Female artists quote Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing. If you're not
Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing. If you're not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.

The song "This Is Not Surreal," was inspired by a painter I love, Frida Kahlo.

She really did suffer for her art. She speaks to me. She was brutally honest in her work. At that time in fine art, you really didn't see many female artists expressing that. She was such a strong female presence, and I really look up to her. She had a lot of physical pain.

I think people always have - not just journalists who help their careers, I think all people struggle with this idea that a female pop artist can write all her songs. Even I do it sometimes, you see a really good female pop artist and you're like, 'I wonder if she writes her songs.' That's never really my first initial reaction to a male popstar.

Art and society was a lot more subject to sexism 50 years ago than it is now.

Since that period, there have been plenty of very good female painters, 2006 Turner Prize-winner Tomma Abts among them. How much history needs to pass before an artist is called 'great'? That is the real question.

Female artists quote Every child is an artist. The challenge is to remain an artist after you grow up
Every child is an artist. The challenge is to remain an artist after you grow up.

I think art world will have consolidated, I think it will slow down a little bit. I think it will be less white and Western, which it is still at the moment. There will be more female artists in the mix. I think we'll see art forms explored through different media - the Internet, television, books, even. We'll see art produced in forms and media that we haven't seen yet.


I was being generous. Gia Coppola wasn't even a filmmaker at that time, but I asked her to do it, because I believed in her as an artist. And because I wanted a woman's take on the material. The book Palo Alto is very male-centric, but Gia carved out a bunch of the female characters, and brought them to the fore in the movie. And the project was richer for it.

Everyone always says I'm a rapper, and that I'm exactly like Peaches and M.

I.A. People just take any female artist and compare me to them.

There's not too many artist that can handle what we would call an Christian R&B sound. It's kind of a limited field as far as singers go. Just hoping that more artist like that can resonate and grow.In terms of female rappers, man hey come on! We're here...come talk to us!

As an artist, I never wanted to be fettered by gender nor recognized or defined as a female poet, musician or singer. They don't do that with men - nobody says Picasso, the male artist. Curators call me up and say, "We want your work to be in a show about women artists," and I'm like, why? For Christ's sake, do we have to attach a gender onto everything?