Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Icarus Himself” may represent his efforts to confront the fires burning in society’s outcasts. Basquiat (1960 – 1988), a Haitian and Puerto Rican artist born in Brooklyn, originally sprayed graffiti using the name “SAMO.” Trading paint cans for paintbrushes, Basquiat received rave reviews for a one-man show that propelled him to fame. Befriended by Andy Warhol, he collaborated with the Pop Art legend on numerous works. One of the greatest artists of his generation, Basquiat was one of only a few Hispanic/African American artists ever to be recognized worldwide.
Influential and unique, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 – 1988) created simple-looking artworks that concealed an immense talent. Initially producing graffiti art, Basquiat was born in Brooklyn of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. Creating paintings that fused eclectic imagery with historical and cultural references, Basquiat became a celebrity and collaborated on 100 artworks with Andy Warhol. Before his tragic heroin overdose, Basquiat imprinted the unique African-American and Latino experience upon the elite art world.