Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was an American artist credited with introducing graffiti to the fine art world of painting along with Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he spent his life working. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, his work consisted of writing elusive messages in downtown New York with Al Diaz under the pseudonym SAMO© . He later began painting on found materials and buildings. His expressive paintings captured the 1980s avant-garde culture of New York and contemporary figures while also drawing from his own Caribbean heritage. The artist later went on to collaborate on several projects with Andy Warhol.
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