Monday, February 7, 2011

Black History Month Spotlight: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Graffiti. Artist. Haitian. Puerto Rican. Street Art. Self-taught.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on December 22, 1960 to a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother, it was inevitable for Basquiat's diverse background to be the source of inspiration for his artwork.  Basquiat started as a graffiti artist in New York City under the street name of SAMO.  He later sold his artwork on t-shirts and postcards on the street when his painting career took off.  His work became internationally known and he was able to work with famous pop artist Andy Warhol.   He is famous for fusing words, symbols, stick figures and animals in his work.   

Basquiat brought the Black and Latino experience into the elite art world. 

Basquiat died at the young age of 27

Back 2 Basics celebrates the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat.   Enjoy...

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