Jean-Michel Basquiat became a sought-after artist before his death at 27. File photo courtesy of High Gallery / Tseng Kwong Chi
Soon, his drawings became so sought after that admirers were willing to pay up to $50,000 for an original.
Basquiat traveled across the world to such countries as Germany and Ivory Coast to exhibit his paintings.
His rise to fame not only helped spotlight the African-American and Latino experience, but it also ushered in neo-expressionism, a movement where creatives returned to portraying the human body and other recognizable objects in response to the abstract art of the 1970s.
He created artwork until his untimely death from a drug overdose in 1988. He was 27.
Since his death, Basquiat's designs have been printed on clothing, sung about in music, featured in galleries including Atlanta's High Museum in 2016, and placed in the homes of celebrities like Madonna, Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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