Jean-Michael Basquiat was an expressionist in every sense of the word. Born and raised in New York, he became known for his graffiti work as the lyrical Samo. He played the clarinet in the band Gray, made films with friends in downtown Manhattan but it’s his brilliant paintings that saw him rise to international fame.

In the documentary below, Radiant Child, we get to see Basquiat paint, party long into the night with friends and hear him speak about his life in rare interview footage. His humble beginnings living on the streets of New York and meteoric rise to become one of the most distinctive painters of his generation was sadly short-lived. The radiant child never really grew up but his work lives on.

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