Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Born: December 22, 1960
  • Died: August 12, 1988
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Artist









Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s, where hip hop, punk, and street art cultures coalesced. By the 1980s, his neo-expressionist paintings were being exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art in 1992.

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Believe it or not, I can actually draw.
I am not a black artist, I am an artist.
I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I had some money, I made the best paintings ever. I was completely reclusive, worked a lot, took a lot of drugs. I was awful to people. Money, Coins & Minting
I have a painting where somebody's holding a chicken, and underneath the chicken is somebody's head.
I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I start a picture and I finish it.
I thought I was going to be a bum the rest of my life. Life
I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was young.
I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot.
I wanted to build up a name for myself.
I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist; or I'd draw a big ram's head, really messy. I'd never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect Spiderman.
If I'm away from painting for a week, I get bored.
My favorite Twombly is 'Apollo and the Artist,' with the big 'Apollo' written across it.
Occasionally, when I get mad at a woman, I'll do some great, awful painting about her.
Since I was seventeen I thought I might be a star. I'd think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix... I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous. Fame ;Romantic
The black person is the protagonist in most of my paintings. I realized that I didn't see many paintings with black people in them.
The country makes me more paranoid, you know? I think the crazy people out there are little crazier.
The more I paint the more I like everything.
There are about 30 words around you all the time, like 'thread' or 'exit.' Time

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