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Jean-Michel Basquiat - Quotes

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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.

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.

I start a picture and I finish it. ---->>>

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 was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist; or I'd draw a big ram's head, really messy. I'd never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect Spiderman. ---->>>

I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot. ---->>>

There are about 30 words around you all the time, like 'thread' or 'exit.' ---->>>

The country makes me more paranoid, you know? I think the crazy people out there are little crazier. ---->>>

Believe it or not, I can actually draw. ---->>>

I am not a black artist, I am an artist. ---->>>

I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day. ---->>>

The more I paint the more I like everything. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

If I'm away from painting for a week, I get bored. ---->>>

I thought I was going to be a bum the rest of my life. ---->>>

I wanted to build up a name for myself. ---->>>

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

I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was young. ---->>>

My favorite Twombly is 'Apollo and the Artist,' with the big 'Apollo' written across it. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 12-22, 1960
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Die: 08-12, 1988
Occupation: Artist

Jean-Michel Basquiat (French: [ʒɑ̃ miʃɛl baskija]; December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO©, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements had coalesced (wikipedia)