For those of you ho don't know Jean-Michel, let me tell you that he is one of the most influential contemporary artist of this era.
Born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, Basquiat was surrounded at an early age of French, Puerto Rican and American culture. His mother was a Puerto Rican and his father was a Haitian immigrant.
When he was in high school, he met graffiti artist Al Diaz, together they start painting graffiti's all over the Lower Manhattan. Under the pseudonym of SAMO©, which mean "Same Old Shit" they spray-painted short phrases, in turns poetic, sarcastic and critical toward society and the art scene.
SAMO© SAVES IDIOTS AND GONZOIDS…
SAMO©… 4 THE SO-CALLED AVANT-GARDE
SAMO©… 4 THE INDIRECTLY INVOLVED,
THE EASILY CONVINCED
In 1980, Jean-Michel, participated in a multi-artist exhibition called " The Times Square Show", view to his succeed in this art show, Rene Ricard published "The Radiant Child" which brought Jean-Michel to the attention of the art world... and after that the rest is history. Basquiat worked for the most important galleries in the SoHo district of Manhattan, some like Annina Nosei and Mary Boone. He collaborated with artist like Andy Warhol, David Bowie, he even dated Madonna for a short period of time.
In 1985, Jean-Michel appeared on the cover of "The New York Times Magazine" in a feature entiled "New Art, New Money: The Marketing of an American Artist". At that time Basquiat was a successful artist, but more than that, he became a brand.
After the death of Andy Warhol, on February 22, 1987, Basquiat became increasingly isolated, and his drug addiction and depression increased and on August 12, 1988 he was founded dead on his studio due to a heroin overdose. He was only 27.