About the artist
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as part of the Neo-expressionist movement, and his work focused on social commentary and the exploration of identity. Basquiat was heavily influenced by the New York City street culture of the time, and his work often featured graffiti-like imagery. He was also known for his collaborations with fellow artist Andy Warhol. Basquiat's life was tragically cut short at the age of 27 due to a drug overdose.
Also associated with: SAMO, Warhol, graffiti, Neo-expressionism, The Radiant Child, The Death of Michael Stewart.