1960 - Jean-Michel Basquiat was born 22nd of December in Brooklyn, New York City.
1977 - Basquiat and his friend Al Diaz started spray-painting graffiti art on slum buildings in lower Manhattan.
1978 - Moved into the city and lived with friends, surviving by selling T-shirts and postcards on the street.
1979 - Gained a certain celebrity status amidst the thriving art scene of Manhattan's East Village, for his regular appearances on Glenn O'Brian's lives public-access cable show, TV Party.
1980 - He first started to gain recognition when he participated in The Times Square Show, a multi-artist exhibition, sponsored by Collaborative Projects Incorporated (Colab).
1981 - Rene Ricard published "The Radiant Child" in Art forum magazine, helping to launch Basquiat's career to an international stage.
1984 - Suffered excessive drug use and increasingly erratic behaviour, including signs of paranoia.
1985 - Appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in a feature entitled "New Art, New Money: The Marketing of an American Artist".
Basquiat's international success heightened, his works were shown in solo exhibitions across major European capitals.
1988 - He died 12th of August because of heroin overdose in his Great Jones Street loft/studio.
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