19 Famous Jean Michel Basquiat Quotes

19 Famous Jean Michel Basquiat Quotes

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Jean-Michel Basquiat was an artist and musician from New York City. When he first started out he was a part of a graffiti group called SAMO. It was with this group that he began to gain notice. By the early 1980′s he began exhibiting his artwork, usually Primitivist paintings, in galleries all over the world. He died on August 12, 1988.

“Believe it or not, I can actually draw.”

“Fire will attract more attention than any other cry for help.”

“I am not a black artist, I am an artist.”

“I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.”

“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.”

“I had some money, I made the best paintings ever. I was completely reclusive, worked a lot, took a lot of drugs. I was awful to people.”

“I like kids’ work more than work by real artists any day.”

“I start a picture and I finish it. I don’t think about art while I work. I try to think about life.”

“I thought I was going to be a bum the rest of my life.”

“I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot.”

“I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist, or I’d draw a ram’s head, really messy. I’d never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect

“Most Young Kings Get Their Heads Cut Off.”

“My favorite Twombly is ‘Apollo and the Artist,’ with the big ‘Apollo’ written across it.”

“Occasionally, when I get mad at a woman, I’ll do some great, awful painting about her.”

“Pay For Soup/Build A Fort/Set That On Fire.”

“SAMO as a neo art form.”

“SAMO as an end to to mindwash religion, nowhere politics and bogus philosophy.”

“Since I was seventeen I though I might be a star. I’d think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix…I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous. ”

“The black person is the protagonist in most of my paintings. I realized that I didn’t see many paintings with black people in them.”