This extremely rare, early drawinIng has been authenticated by the Basquiat Foundation.
This is one of Basquiat's early works, crafted when he was just 18 years old. He dropped out of high school in September of 78, when he and began to make a living by selling t-shirts and postcards on the street. Basquiat's youthful imagination is apparent from the fantastical creatures he renders in this drawing.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, born in 1960, gained popularity at a young age. Just entering his twenties, Basquiat became known for the political and poetical graffiti that began to appear on walls around New York City under the signature SAMO (“same old shit”). The most successful of the 1980s-era Neo-expressionist artists, Basquiat’s work is in major museum collections around the world. Basquiat’s mother was Puerto Rican and his father was Haitian and his struggle with his mixed-race identity is often reflected in his artwork through the themes of race and identity. The artist died tragically at the age of 28.