This is a Biography about Jean-Michel Basquiat. it explains his life about how he started his art work.

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There are Black people in the world that have done accomplishments and had to struggle. Jean-Michel Basquiat was a great artist. He had to have a beginning to all of this. If not how did this all start. What did He do to start all of his art work in his life? That's what I am here for, to tell you a report on Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Gerard Basquiat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and his mother, Matilde was born in Brooklyn of Puerto Rican parents. During the years as child, he created drawings inspired by comic books and television cartoons. His mother who often took him to local art museums nurtured his early interest in art. In May 1968, a car hit Basquiat. He suffered a broken arm and his spleen had to be removed.

In 1977, Basquiat, along with friend Al Diaz begins spray painting puzzling designs on subway trains and around lower Manhattan and signing them with the name SAMO© (Same Old Shit).

Accomplishments: In December 1978, The Village Voice published an article about the SAMO writings. While working on the SAMO project, which ended in 1979, Basquiat sold hand-painted postcards and T-shirts to make money. Basquiat's art was publicly exhibited for the first time in the 1980 Times Square Show. Art critics responded positively to Basquiat's debut and in May of 1981, after being included in several group shows, he had his first solo exhibition in Modena, Italy. His first one-man show in the United States took place in March of 1982 at the Annina Nosei Gallery. Basquiat has lots of art accomplishments. He did lot of painting that were so bizarre.

Struggles: Jean-Michel Basquiat moved out of his parents' house for...

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