No other provenance can be provided apart from what is already on the painting. Offers On The Asking Price Invited. So please study the photographs. In his short life, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a pop icon, cultural figure, graffiti artist, musician, and neo-expressionist painter.He was a precocious child, and by the age of four, he could both read and write. By the time he was eleven, he was fluent in English, French, and Spanish. And by the time he was fifteen, he ran away from home, living for less than a week in Washington Square Park, after which he was arrested and sent back home to live with his father.