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Jean-Michel Basquiat was a self taught artist and painter. He first began to receive attention as an artist under the name SAMO for his graffiti in New York City.
Jean’s work consisted of a fusion of words, symbols, stick figures and animals. After struggling for many years, Jean began selling his paintings for $50, 000. After his death, one of his paintings sold for $110.5 million, the highest priced work by an American artist.
Jean was the youngest artist ever to showcase about 60 pieces of his work at the Kestner-Gesellschaft Gallery in Hanover, Germany. Before his death, he collaborated with Andy Warhol, which ended up with a combination of their work in versions of cartoon characters and corporate logos.