Little People, Big Dreams: Jean-Michel Basquiat - Isabel Sanchez Vegara


This little biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat tells the story of the American artist and pioneer of the graffiti street art movement. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother and Haitian father, Jean-Michel was given a copy of medical textbook Gray's Anatomy when he was eight years old and recovering from an accident in bed. This sparked his interest in the human form. As a teenager, he gained recognition as part of the graffiti duo SAMO that spray-painted cryptic messages and images around Manhattan's Lower East Side. He eventually made his way to the New York gallery scene and on to international acclaim.

The Little People, Big Dreams books series portrays the inspiring lives of artists, designers, activists and scientists in a super-accessible way with sweet illustrations and by focusing on when they started out as children with a dream.