||Jean-Michel Basquiat is a part of African-American history.|
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Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in 1960  and died of an overdose at age twenty-seven. His parents were Gerard Basquiat, who was from a wealthy Haitian family and who immigrated to the United States in 1955, and Matilda Andrades, a New York City native.
Basquiat was an American artist of mixed Haitian and Puerto Rican ancestry. His interest in art was well established at an early age. He was known to be a "Junior Member" of the Brooklyn Museum, and frequent visitor from the age of six.   Basquiat is credited with bringing graffiti art to the world of fine art.   His art is known for its originality and the unique use of iconography, as well as strength of color, composition, and imitation of African art.  It has also been favorably compared to the art of Picasso and Matisse.  Basquiat's art consists of a blend of African imagery and symbolism with the use of bright colors  and is known as a part of the Neo-Expressionist Movement.  He and Andy Warhol collaborated on numerous projects.  He was also featured on the cover of The New York TImes Magazine in 1985.  Both The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Brooklyn Museum have held retrospectives of his work.   In 2016 one of his canvases, Untitled (1982), broke an auction record and sold for $57.3 million. 
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