Jean-Michel Basquiat

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About this artist

American painter and graffiti artist, born 22 December 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He died of a drug overdose 12 August 1988 at the age of 27 in SoHo, New York, USA.

In the decade prior to his death he had been a sensation in the Manhattan art world, bringing graffiti off the streets and into upscale galleries. He had also tried his hand at film making and music production, notably the classic hip-hop track "Beat Bop" by K-Rob and Rammellzee.