Jean-Michel Basquiat was a pop icon, cultural figure, graffiti artist, a poet, a musician, and neo-expressionist painter. He was a prodigy. In the early 1980s, Basquiat was befriended by many celebrities and artists, including Andy Warhol, with whom he made several collaborative works.
At only 27, his troubles with fame and drug addiction led to his tragic death from a heroin overdose on August 12, 1988 in New York, NY.
In 2017 an untitled Jean-Michel Basquiat work has sold for $110.5m to Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, becoming the most expensive American painting ever.
Jean-Michel Basquiat > Untitled, 1982