Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist.
His career in art began as a graffiti artist in New York City in the late 1970s, and in the 1980s produced Neo-expressionist painting. As a graffiti artist, Basquiat often incorporated words into his paintings. Before his career as a painter began, he produced punk-inspired postcards for sale on the street, and become known for the political–poetical graffiti under the name of SAMO. On one occasion Basquiat painted his girlfriend's dress with the words "Little Shit Brown". He was friends with pop artist Andy Warhol and sometimes collaborated with him. He would often draw on random objects and surfaces and he doodled often, and some of his later pieces (done mostly with colored pencils on paper) exhibit this, often with a loose, spontaneous, and dirty style much like his paintings.
Basquiat died of a heroin overdose on August 12, 1988, at the age of 27.