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Who is melosa basquiat ? 

Christine Whaley is a self-taught "artivist". Born and raised in Queens County in New York City, by her Haitian immigrant mother and grandmother, Christine grew up being inspired by the work of her cousin, the late abstract expressionist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.  She paints under the moniker Melosa Basquiat as a tribute to her cousin and the Basquiat legacy of activism.


Her grandmother who raised her, Cheristine Basquiat was a successful hat designer,  political activist and political prisoner in Haiti while under the dictatorship of Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier. Due to her grandmother's activism her family fled to the US for safety and the rest is Black History!

Melosa Basquiat works primarily with acrylic on canvas and other mixed media.  Most of Melosa Basquiat’s artwork display biblical and Christian themes.  She resides in  New York City with her husband and two children.

Click the video below to hear more about Melosa Basquiat & the Basquiat legacy...

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