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Jean-Michel Basquiat

 (1960 - 1988)
Jean-Michel Basquiat was active/lived in New York.  JeanMichel Basquiat is known for street-graffiti, naive figure painting, drawing.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Noted for his graffiti street paintings under the name pseudonym 'SAMO', Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn.  His father was Haitian-born Gerard Basquiat.  His mother, Matilde Andradas, had been born in Brooklyn of Puerto Rican parents.  He had two sisters (born in 1963 and 1966) also born in Brooklyn.

When only a small boy, Basquiat began drawing, inspired by the cartoons and Hitchcock films he watched on television.  He also loved to read comic books and Mad Magazine, with its Alfred E. Neuman character.  His mother encouraged this interest in art, and when he was only seven he produced a children's book with a friend, Mark Prozzo.  When only eight, Basquiat was hit by a car while he play  ...  Displaying 750 of 16627 characters.

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About  Jean-Michel Basquiat

Born:  1960 - New York City
Died:   1988 - New York City
Known for:  street-graffiti, naive figure painting, drawing