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Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. Basquiat is known for his graffiti art and his paintings.

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

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“Every single line means something.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“Graffiti has a lot of rules in it as to what you can do and what you can’t do, and I think it’s hard to make art under those conditions.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I enjoy that they think I’m a bad boy. I think it’s great.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I gotta get out of New York; I hate it. There's no heroin in Hawaii, and it's so beautiful you don't even think about it.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“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.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I have a painting where somebody's holding a chicken, and underneath the chicken is somebody's head.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I left home at 15, and went to Washington Square Park. I just sat there dropping acid... Now that all seems boring; it eats your mind up.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I like to have information rather than just have a brushstroke. Just to have these words to put in these feelings underneath.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I never went to an art school. I failed the art courses that I did take in school. I just looked at a lot of things. And that’s how I learnt about art, by looking at it.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I start a picture and I finish it. I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I think there’s a lot of people that are neglected in art.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was young.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I wanted to build up a name for myself.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“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 Spiderman.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I'd say my mother gave me all the primary things. The art came from her.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I'm not a real person. I'm a legend.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“If I'm away from painting for a week, I get bored.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“If you wanna talk about influence, man, then you’ve got to realise that influence is not influence. It’s simply someone’s idea going through my new mind.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“Medicine men live in caves.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“Since I was seventeen I thought 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.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“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.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“The more I paint the more I like everything.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat