painter of Haitian and Puerto Rican parentage
who first started making graffiti with
magic-markers on walls of buildings together
with a friend, which they signed SAMO. B. also
made drawings on paper, painted on T-shirts,
sheet metal and other found surfaces and made
assemblages out of junk. His work quickly
became sought-after by influential critics,
collectors and artists. By the early 1980s B.'s
crayon-and-paint drawings on unprimed canvas,
with grimacing African mask-like faces and
graffiti messages and texts, led to his enormous
success. He collaborated with Warhol. who had
befriended him, in paintings and exhibitions.
Boy and Dog In A Johnnyjump, 1982
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