Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Birthday
22, 1960
Birthplace
Brooklyn, NY
Death Date
Aug 12, 1988 (27)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
22, 1960
Birthplace
Brooklyn, NY
Death Date
Aug 12, 1988 (27)

About

Neo-Expressionist and Primitivist painter who investigated social and political dichotomies in his work.

Before Fame

He was a precocious child who could read and write by the time he was four years old and was fluent in three languages by the time he was eleven. He began work as a painter through graffiti.

Trivia

He dropped out of high school and became a graffiti artist. Later, he began to paint, and his work was first exhibited at the Annina Nosei gallery in SoHo.

Family Life

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Haitian father and an American-born, Afro-Puerto Rican mother. He was raised mostly by his father. His mother suffered from mental illness and was institutionalized when Basquiat was eleven years old.

Associated With

He fell into a depression following the 1987 death of his friend and artistic mentor Andy Warhol. Sadly, twenty-seven-year-old Basquiat died of a heroin overdose the following year.