Jean-Michel Basquiat
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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 - 1988)

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Born in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United Statesmap
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Brother of [private sister (1960s - unknown)] and [private sister (1960s - unknown)]
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Died at age 27 in Manhattan, New York County, New York, United Statesmap
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Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist.[1]

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in 1960 [2] 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. [2] [3] Basquiat is credited with bringing graffiti art to the world of fine art. [2] [3] 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. [2] It has also been favorably compared to the art of Picasso and Matisse. [2] Basquiat's art consists of a blend of African imagery and symbolism with the use of bright colors [3] and is known as a part of the Neo-Expressionist Movement. [3] He and Andy Warhol collaborated on numerous projects. [3] He was also featured on the cover of The New York TImes Magazine in 1985. [2] Both The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Brooklyn Museum have held retrospectives of his work. [2] [3] In 2016 one of his canvases, Untitled (1982), broke an auction record and sold for $57.3 million. [3]


Jean-Michel Basquiat passed away on 17 August 1988. [2] [3] [4] Burial was in the Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, Lot 44603, Section 176. [5][4]


  1. Wikipedia (accessed April 9, 2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Brooklyn Museum
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Art Net
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Green-Wood Historic Fund. Burial Search.
  5. Find a Grave with biography and photos, database and images (accessed 17 August 2020), memorial page for Jean-Michel Basquiat (22 Dec 1960–12 Aug 1988), Find A Grave: Memorial #3360, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .

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