It is a rarity for a boy at age 11, to be fluent in French, Spanish and English. It is no wonder then that this same boy would go on to become one of the coolest and most recognised artists of the 20th Century.
Jean-Michel Basquiat started his career as a graffiti artist in New York city in the late 70′s, using images and words to ‘illustrate’ through his art, the social conversation of racism, class struggles, politics and power. Often, it was centered around one single figure, with the focus on the head- a contemporary synergy of poetry, drawing and painting in various mediums. It was often quite scribbled, doodled on and collaged. He dabbled in television and music before 1980, when Basquiat met Andy Warhol. The two eventually collaborated, and Warhol became his mentor. He died in 1988 of a drug overdose, but Basquiat’s art lives on, and is referenced in film’s, literature and music (Jay-Z is a fan!)
Source and images: Wikipedia and fuckyeahbasquiat.tumblr.com