Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960–August 12, 1988) was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent who first came to fame as one half of a New York City graffiti duo known as SAMO. With his mixed-media renderings that featured a mashup of symbols, phrases, diagrams, stickmen, and graphics, along with depictions of racism and class warfare, Basquiat rose from the streets of New York City to become an accepted member of the upper echelons of a 1980s art scene that included the likes of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. While Basquiat passed away as the result of a heroin overdose at age 27, his work continues to hold meaning and find an audience today.