Jean-Michel was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father was from Haiti and his mother was Puerto Rican-American. As a child, his gift for art was noticed by his teachers and nurtured by his mother. After struggling in high school, he gained recognition as part of the graffito duo SAMO that spray-painted cryptic messages and images around the landscape of Manhattan's Lower East Side. He eventually made his way to the New York gallery scene and on to international acclaim.
Read our blog on Jean Michel Basquiat.
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- Author: Vegara, Maria Isabel Sanchez & Lozano, Luciano
- Publisher: Aurum Press Imprints
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrated: Full colour illustrations
- Pages: 32
- Dimensions: 240x195mm
- Aimed at children ages 5-10