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Per Capita – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Per Capita, 1983/2001


40 x 40 in | 101 x 101 cm

Edition of 85

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent, emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s as one of the most significant painters in the neo-expressionist movement. His work is known for its raw, powerful exploration of themes such as identity, race, social issues, and the dichotomy between the inner and outer self. Basquiat began his artistic career in the streets of New York City as a graffiti artist under the tag “SAMO,” before transitioning to canvas, where his work gained rapid acclaim.

Basquiat’s paintings are characterized by their frenetic, energetic style, and their use of symbols, text, and imagery drawn from a wide range of sources, including African art, music, poetry, African-American history, and his own personal heritage. His art is a vibrant fusion of words, stick figures, and abstract and figurative elements, often featuring a crown motif to signify majesty, excellence, or a sense of regality in subjects he admired.

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