Best Jean-Michel Basquiat Quotes

Basquiat Quotes on Being an Artist


I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life. Jean-Michel Basquiat


I am not a black artist, I am an artist. Jean-Michel Basquiat


For a while, I was drawing on good paper, but now I’ve gone back to the bad stuff. I put matte medium on it. If you put matte medium on it, it seals up, so it doesn’t really matter. – Jean Michel Basquiat


“I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was young.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat


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.


The more I paint the more I like everything. Jean-Michel Basquiat


Believe it or not, I can actually draw. Jean-Michel Basquiat

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I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.


Graffiti has a lot of rules in it as to what you can do and what you can’t do, and I think it’s hard to make art under those conditions.


“Every single line means something.” — Jean-Michel Basquiat

“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 like to have information rather than just have a brushstroke. Just to have these words to put in these feelings underneath.
“I start a picture and I finish it. I don’t think about art while I work. I try to think about life.” — Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I cross out words so you will see them more; the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.” — Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat Quotes on his life

I thought I was going to be a bum the rest of my life. Jean-Michel Basquiat

I’m not a real person. I’m a legend. Jean-Michel Basquiat
I wanted to build up a name for myself. Jean-Michel Basquiat

I like kids’ work more than work by real artists any day.

“If you wanna talk about influence, man, then you’ve got to realize that influence is not influence. It’s simply someone’s idea going through my new mind.” — Jean-Michel Basquiat

“Most Young Kings Get Their Heads Cut Off.”— Jean-Michel Basquiat

The country makes me more paranoid, you know? I think the crazy people out there are little crazier. Jean-Michel Basquiat
I have a painting where somebody’s holding a chicken, and underneath the chicken is somebody’s head. Jean-Michel Basquiat
“Fire will attract more attention than any other cry for help.” — Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot.” — 

I think there are a lot of people who are neglected in art, I don’t know if it’s who made the paintings or what, but I know black people are never really portrayed realistically, or they’re not, they’re not even portrayed in modern art at all. Just for a change you know.

I played a guitar with a file, and a synthesizer.

“I enjoy that they think I’m a bad boy. I think it’s great.”

“[Gray] was a noise band. I played a guitar with a file, and a synthesiser. I was inspired by John Cage at the time – music that isn’t really music. We were trying to be incomplete, abrasive, oddly beautiful.”

Jean Michel Basquiat Short Biography

Born on December 22, 1960, Jean Michel Basquiat was an American artist well known for his collaboration with Andy Warhol as a contemporary painter.