Unique Work by Basquiat

Unique Work by Basquiat

Hand-carved by Basquiat onto wet cement, SAMO as a Neo Art Form is a unique work originating from the sidewalk outside of the former Rizzoli’s book store in West Broadway, New York City.The acronym is an abbreviation for “same old shit” and a play on the term “Sambo”, a racial slur. SAMO is carried through Basquiat’s graffiti and into the height of the artist’s international success.

Influenced by comics and street art culture, Basquiat developed his Neo-Expressionist aesthetic through the use of figuration and text. In the late 1970s New York City art scene, the graffiti artist utilized satire, humor, and social commentary through his prints and unique works.

About Basquiat:

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a Neo-Expressionist painter in the 1980s. He is best known for his primitive style and his collaboration with pop artist Andy Warhol. Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960, in Brooklyn, New York. He first attracted attention for his graffiti under the name “SAMO” in New York City.

With a Haitian-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat’s diverse cultural heritage was one of his many sources of inspiration.A self-taught artist, Basquiat began drawing at an early age on sheets of paper his father, an accountant, brought home from the office. As he delved deeper into his creative side, his mother strongly encouraged to pursue artistic talents.

Basquiat first began working with a close friend, he tagged subway trains and Manhattan buildings with cryptic aphorisms.In 1977, Basquiat quit high school a year before he was slated to graduate. To make ends meet, he sold sweatshirts and postcards featuring his artwork on the streets of his native New York.

Three years of struggle gave way to fame in 1980, when his work was featured in a group show. His work and style received critical acclaim for the fusion of words, symbols, stick figures, and animals. Soon, his paintings came to be adored by an art loving public that had no problem paying as much as $50,000 for a Basquiat original.

ARTWORK

Subway Rider by Jean Michel Basquiat
Subway Rider by Jean Michel Basquiat
Subway Rider by Jean Michel Basquiat
1978
SAMO as a Neo Art Form by Basquiat
SAMO as a Neo Art Form by Basquiat
1982