by Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat was a graffiti sprayer in New York who became a celebrated artist. His works are among the most powerful and intense to come out of the 1980's art scene. He painted in layers, using fragments of daily life, words, simple symbols and stick-man figures in order to create a form of art that all could understand and that all could practice. His work can be described as original, primitive, authentic, "an attempt to renew and revitalize art itself".
Source: Emmerling, Leonard. Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960-1988. Köln : Taschen, 2003.