Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most influential artists of his generation. His unique style combined elements of graffiti, Pop Art, and African American culture. Unfortunately, Basquiat's life was plagued by addiction and mental health issues, which ultimately led to his untimely death at the age of 27.

After Basquiat's death, his work experienced a surge in popularity and value. His paintings have sold for millions of dollars at auction, making him one of the most successful post-death artists in history.

Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1960. He was of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. As a child, Basquiat was interested in art and poetry, and he began spray painting graffiti around New York City at the age of 14.

The collage "Glen 1984" is displayed at the media view for "Basquiat: Boom for Real", the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Over 100 works are displayed in the exhibition from the artist who came of age in the late 1970s underground art and graffiti scene in New York and died aged 27 in 1988. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

In the early 1980s, Basquiat became associated with the downtown New York art scene. He collaborated with other artists, including Andy Warhol, and his paintings were exhibited in some of the city's most prestigious galleries.

Basquiat's work often featured images of African American history and culture, as well as social commentary on issues like racism and poverty. His unique style earned him international acclaim, and he quickly became one of the most successful young artists of his generation.

However, Basquiat's life was also marked by tragedy. He battled addiction and mental health issues for much of his life. In 1988, Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.

Basquiat's death was a shock to the art world. His work had been gaining in popularity and value in the years leading up to his death, and his untimely passing only added to his mystique.In the years since Basquiat's death, his work has continued to rise in value. His paintings have sold for tens of millions of dollars at auction, making him one of the most successful post-death artists in history. Basquiat is now considered one of the most important and influential artists of his generation.