American, 1960-1988. For Neo-expressionist painter Jean Michel Basquiat, his Haitian-Puerto Rican decent was one of the main sources of inspiration. Mostly self-taught, he started his career as a street graffiti artist under his pseudo name “Samo” and sold postcards and apparels featuring his artworks. His work was first noticed at a group show where he collaborated with Pop artist, Andy Warhol who became his mentor and idol. Before his untimely death at the age of 27, his work won critical acclaim and recognition among the art-loving public. He was celebrated for the concoction of words, symbols, skull figures and animals that would often feature in his paintings as a rhetorical tool for introspection and sharing his experiences of racism and power structures of his time.