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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Artist
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Net worth 2018: $100,000
Industry: Miscellaneous
Residence: Brooklyn
Country: United States
BirthDay: 22 December 1960
Sigh: Capricorn
Died On: August 12, 1988
Education: Edward R. Murrow High School
BIOGRAPHY

Jean-Michel Basquiat was bornon 22 December 1960 in Brooklyn, American, is Artist. Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American graffiti artist who rose to prominence in the 1980s for being one of the leading lights of the neo expressionist era of the time. His father was employed as an accountant and although he had taught himself to read and write as a child, he did not do as well as he would have liked at school. He dropped out of school and instead studied at a school of alternative education where he learnt art. Although his father had forced him to leave the house after quitting school, he started selling T-shirts in order to take care of his expenses and after a few years he partnered with a friend to create SAMO, a group that painted graffiti in buildings in New York. His work as a graffiti artist got him noticed as an up and coming artist and it was the same work that got him work with a T-shirt company. He even had his own musical band that performed at particular nightclubs but it was as a painter that he made his mark in the 1980s and his work found a lot of buyers due to the high demand of new expressionist art.

TIMELINE
1988

He died on 12 August 1988, at the age of 27, in Manhattan, New York, due to a drug overdose

1986

He went to Abidjan in Ivory Coast, Africa for a show in 1986 and during his stay he was inspired by African art

1983

On the insistence of art dealer Bruno Bischofberger, he collaborated with Andy Warhol in 1983 and produced painting for the next two years

1982

A painting he produced in 1982, which bears no title, is considered to be his most important work

1980

The early 1980s saw him gain recognition as an artist of note as the fusion of words, figures and symbols that he brought about made him one of the most important artists of the time

1979

In 1979, he founded the rock band Test Pattern along with Michael Holman, Wayne Clifford, Nick Taylor, Shannon Dawson and Vincent Gallow

1978

He started working as an artist for the Unique Clothing Warehouse located in North of Houston Street in Manhattan, New York in 1978

1976

Jean-Michel Basquiat started off his career as a graffiti artist, in 1976

1960

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born on 22 December 1960 in Brooklyn located in New York, United States to Gerard Basquiat and Matilda Andrades

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