Quarto Books Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother and a Haitian father. When he was eight and recovering from an accident in bed, his mother gave him a copy of Gray's Anatomy, which sparked his interest in the human form. As a teenager, 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.
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