SelfMadeHero is delighted to announce the publication of Julian Voloj and Søren Glosimodt Mosda’s graphic biography BASQUIAT

Hugely influential, especially on street art and hip-hop, Jean-Michel Basquiat has become a legend since he emerged on the New York art scene in the 1980s, feted by Warhol and Bowie and dating Madonna. Since his untimely death at the age of 27, his global popularity has skyrocketed. Julian Voloj and Søren Mosdal create a vivid picture of Basquiat’s life and times, from the SAMO graffiti project to the development of the addiction that would cost him his life. This is the latest volume in SelfMadeHero’s acclaimed Art Masters series  (136PP/ colour). RRP £14.99 Publication date: 9th May

An insightful and compulsively readable graphic biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The dazzling, provocative work of Jean-Michel Basquiat would come to define the vibrant New York art scene of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Punk, jazz, graffiti, hip hop: his work drew heavily on the cultural trappings of Lower Manhattan, to which he fled – from Brooklyn – at the age of 15. In ‘Basquiat’, New York-based writer Julian Voloj and Danish artist Søren Mosdal meld biographical research with speculation to capture the inner and outer lives of the archetypal New York artist. Grounded in true events, from the SAMO graffiti project to encounters with Andy Warhol, this semi-fictionalised biography is propelled by a clash between the artist and his demons. The latest book in SelfMadeHero’s acclaimed Art Masters series shows a man grappling with questions of art and love, fame and friendship, while creating work which today, three decades on from his death at 27, shines brighter than ever before.

Julian Voloj is the author of a number of graphic novels, including ‘Ghetto Brother’ and ‘The Joe Schuster Story’. Born in Germany, he now lives with his wife and two sons in New York City.

Søren Glosimodt Mosdal is a Danish comics artist and newspaper illustrator. Born in Nairobi, he now lives in Copenhagen.

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