Jean-Michel Basquiat is the first American painter whose works appeared in the form of graffiti on the streets, subways and cars of gaskets in common carriage of New York. Basquiat was the most successful of the so-called ” street artists “, his works came in the first part of the’80, in New York galleries.
A major reference source used by Basquiat throughout his career was the book Gray’s Anatomy which he was given in the hospital as a child. It remained influential in his depictions of internal human anatomy, and in its mixture of image and text. Other major sources were Dreyfuss’ Symbol Sourcebook, Leonardo Da Vinci‘s notebooks, and Brentjes African Rock Art.