Keith Haring

“Nothing is important… so everything is important.”

  • Name: Keith Haring
  • Born: May 4, 1958
  • Died: February 16, 1990
  • From: Reading, PA
  • Pronouns: He/him
  • Contribution/Impact: Haring was for his graffiti pop art that decorated New York subways. He would go on produce over 50 public works in places like hospitals and schools. His later work conveyed political and societal themes such as homosexuality and anti-apartheid.
  • Occupation: Artist
  • Known For: Best Buddies (1990), Ignorance = Fear (1989), Pop Shop III (1989)
  • Awards: His works are displayed in The Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the City of New York and UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
  • Interesting Fact: In his life, he was friends with fellow artists Kenny Scharf and John-Michel Basquiat, for whom he created a piece called A Pile of Crowns for Jean-Michel Basquiat when he passed.

Keith Haring was an openly gay American artist. He was famously known for his graffiti pop art being a part of a subculture in graffiti art. In 1988, Haring was diagnosed with AIDS and the next year he established the Keith Haring Foundation. The foundation provides funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs.


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