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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat developed an interest for drawing as a boy. Later, as an adolescent, he began making graffiti with Al Diaz, notably in the New York subway.

In the early 80s, graffiti entered the artistic milieu following the "New York - New Wave Exhibit" of which they were the stars. Basquiat quickly became a young phenomenon in the world of painting, and frequented the likes of Andy Warhol, with whom he collaborated on collective works.

Basquiat's painting was initially characterized by human representations and elements of his daily life in the street. He took part in the merger of abstraction-representation, painting-drawing, popular art-culture, pop art and abstract expressionism.

Although a drug addict, he nevertheless led an opulent lifestyle, traveled in a limousine and painted in designer suits. He died prematurely in 1988 of an overdose.

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