Keith Haring |1958 - 1990 , Born in Reading, United States

Having been interested in drawing since childhood, due to the influence of his father, a cartoonist, Keith Haring attended a commercial arts school in Pittsburg before moving to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts. He started to exhibit his early work at the Pittsburgh Arts and Crafts Centre while illegally involved in graffiti art in the subways. In 1980 he collaborated with Andy Warhol, and wanting to reach a wider public and make his art more accessible, he opened his first Pop-Shop in 1986.

In 1988, Keith Haring was diagnosed with AIDS. He joined the fight against the disease, and founded the Keith Haring Foundation, using his art and his fame to serve the cause and increase awareness, until his death, aged 31 years.

The imaginary world of Keith Haring, expressing his ideas on life and death, sex and war, has become an iconic visual language of the 20th century. His work is represented in major museums and collections including : the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.

  • Untitled 1988