Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Born Dec 22, 1960
Hometown Brooklyn
Died Aug 12, 1988
Death Place New York
Nationality Haitian-American

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist. He began as an obscure graffiti artist in New York City in the late 1970s and evolved into an acclaimed Neo-expressionist and Primitivist painter by the 1980s. Throughout his career Basquiat focused on "suggestive dichotomies," such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.… Read More

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1960 Birth Born on December 22, 1960.
1964 3 Years Old He had two younger sisters: Lisane, born in 1964, and Jeanine, born in 1967. … Read More
1968 7 Years Old In September 1968, when Basquiat was about eight, he was hit by a car while playing in the street. … Read More


1976 15 Years Old In 1976, Basquiat and friend Al Diaz began spray-painting graffiti on buildings in Lower Manhattan, working under the pseudonym SAMO. … Read More
When Basquiat & Diaz ended their friendship, The SAMO project ended with the epitaph "SAMO IS DEAD," inscribed on the walls of SoHo buildings in 1979.
1980 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1980, Basquiat starred in O'Brien's independent film Downtown 81, originally titled New York Beat. … Read More


1981 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1981, Rene Ricard published "The Radiant Child" in Artforum magazine, which brought Basquiat to the attention of the art world.
1982 21 Years Old 1 More Event
From November 1982, Basquiat worked from the ground-floor display and studio space Larry Gagosian had built below his Venice home and commenced a series of paintings for a 1983 show, his second at Gagosian Gallery, then in West Hollywood. … Read More
1983 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, Basquiat produced a 12" rap single featuring hip-hop artists, Rammellzee and K-Rob. … Read More
1986 25 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1986, Basquiat had left the Annina Nosei gallery, and was showing in the famous Mary Boone gallery in SoHo.
1987 26 Years Old When Andy Warhol died on February 22, 1987, Basquiat became increasingly isolated, and his heroin addiction and depression grew more severe.
1988 28 Years Old Despite an attempt at sobriety during a trip to Maui, Hawaii, Basquiat died on August 12, 1988, of a heroin overdose at his art studio in Great Jones Street in New York City's NoHo neighborhood. … Read More
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