Jean-Michel Basquiat was a noted Haitian-American artist, musician, and producer from New York City. He first achieved notice as part of SAMO, which was an informal graffiti group who were noted for their enigmatic epigrams throughout the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s, where the street art, hip-hop, and post-punk movements co-mingled. Basquiat’s early years were influenced by his diverse cultural heritage. He was the child of a Puerto Rican mother and Haitian-American father. His mother encouraged his artistic talents with frequent trips to art museums all over NYC. Moreover, as a child, the artist was injured in a traffic accident and given a copy of Gray’s Anatomy by his mother. This text served as a source of inspiration throughout his life. The multi-talented man was a high-school dropout and self-taught artist who supported himself by selling T-shirts and postcards before he gained fame.
Jean-Michel Basquiat at Kenneth A. Friedman & Co.