Despite his short time on earth, Basquiat is the author of sublime quotes. Art Shortlist has decided to pay tribute to the American artist by presenting you a selection of his 10 most beautiful quotes. Jean-Michel Basquiat as you have never seen (or read) him.

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by Art Shortlist - October 17, 2022

1 - The more I paint the more I like everything.

2 - I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day.

3 - I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life.

4 - I am not a black artist, I am an artist.

5 - I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot.

6 - I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child.

7 - I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.

8 - Since I was seventeen I thought I might be a star. I'd think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix... I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous.

9 - Believe it or not, I can actually draw.

10 - I'm not a real person. I'm a legend.

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