Jean-Michel BASQUIAT |
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United States (USA) 1960 - 1988
Born in New York City to a Puerto Rican mother and Haitian father.
He grew up in Brooklyn and became a famous New York-based artist, known for his street paintings or graffiti in child-like style. His street pseudonym was SAMO, and he created a constantly changing vocabulary of symbolic marks and images for his paintings that reflected aspects of his own troubled life.
He attended the alternative High School in New York,on his own he energetically explored a wide range of imagery and influences, ranging from comic books to Egyptian hieroglyphics, from the works of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso to children's art.
Then he collaborated with Al Diaz, a graffiti artist. Throughout the early 1980s, he was an active member of the downtown New York club scene with other artists, musicians, and film makers. Impoverished, he painted on any available surface, doors, boxes, walls, etc. His first one man exhibition, held at the Annina Nosei Gallery, was a tremendous commercial and critical success.The start of Basquiat's swift and emotionally troubling rise to art-world stardom came in 1980, when he was selected by Colab, an artist's cooperative, for their Times Squa ...
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