American, 20th century, male.
Born 4 May 1958, in Reading (Pennsylvania); died 16 February 1990, in New York.
Painter (including mixed media), collage artist, fresco artist, sculptor, draughtsman. Murals, monuments.
Keith Haring began his artistic career studying advertising and graphics in Pittsburgh, but abandoned the course half-way through his first year, and left for New York, aged 20. In New York in 1978, he studied under Joseph Kosuth and Keith Sonnier at the School of Visual Arts. Fascinated by the vitality, power and individuality of the city’s ‘living culture’, he began making chalk sketches on the plain black paper panels used to cover vacant advertising poster sites on the New York subway (an activity for which he was arrested on several occasions). He subsequently exhibited in galleries in New York (including Leo Castelli and Tony Schafrazi) and abroad, in Holland, Japan and Italy. Haring painted part of the Berlin Wall, and produced hospital murals in the USA and Europe (including a fresco at the Necker children’s hospital in Paris). He developed AIDS in 1989, and devoted himself to raising funds for the battle against the disease....