Jean Michel Basquiat |1960 - 1988 , Born in New York, United States

Jean Michel Basquiat was knocked down by a car when he was eight, and while recovering in hospital, his mother gave him an anatomy book, which heavily influenced his art. He started to produce his first work in the street, painting tags and graffiti, on doors and windows, before he was able to buy canvases. The work displays the artist's obsessions with death, skeletal figures, and his take on everyday life : children, poverty, the black identity, and street life.

Of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent, Jean Michel Basquiat was one of the most influential members of the underground movement, along with his friend Andy Warhol. He died aged 27 of a heroin overdose. Jean Michel Basquiat was an iconic, avant-garde artist who remains a central figure in the history of contemporary art ; his work, marrying abstract and figurative elements, both violent and primitive, is represented in major museums and galleries around the world.

  • Fallen Angel 1981
  • Chinese Man, Orange 1981
  • Skifahrer 1983
  • Untitled 1985
  • Zing 1984