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By Layla Davidson
Jean-Michel Basquiat from 1960-1988 was an artist. It took eight years to secure his legacy as an art prodigy.
At the age of 27, he died due to a heroin overdose. He left behind paintings, drawings and notebooks.
He dropped out of school and became a graffiti artist in Soho and Manhattan, New York.
At first glance his best-known pieces seemed to be primitive looking. However, they were complex and sophisticated. To say the least, without Jean-Michel Basquiat there would be no graffiti.