Jean Michel Basquiat Best Quotes

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist, musician, and producer. He first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti group who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the … Enjoy Jean Michel Basquiat’s best quotes below.

“I start a picture and I finish it.”
“The black person is the protagonist in most of my paintings. I realized that I didn’t see many paintings with black people in them.”
“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.”
“Since I was seventeen I thought I might be a star. I’d think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix… I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous.”
“Believe it or not, I can actually draw.”
“Occasionally, when I get mad at a woman, I’ll do some great, awful painting about her.”
“The country makes me more paranoid, you know? I think the crazy people out there are little crazier.”
“There are about 30 words around you all the time, like ‘thread’ or ‘exit.’”
“I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.”
“I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist; or I’d draw a big ram’s head, really messy. I’d never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect Spiderman.”
“I am not a black artist, I am an artist.”
“I thought I was going to be a bum the rest of my life.”
“I like kids’ work more than work by real artists any day.”
“The more I paint the more I like everything.”
“I had some money, I made the best paintings ever. I was completely reclusive, worked a lot, took a lot of drugs. I was awful to people.”
“I wanted to build up a name for myself.”
“I have a painting where somebody’s holding a chicken, and underneath the chicken is somebody’s head.”
“I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot.”
“I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was young.”
“If I’m away from painting for a week, I get bored.”
“My favorite Twombly is ‘Apollo and the Artist,’ with the big ‘Apollo’ written across it.”

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