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Keith Haring

Keith Haring was an American artist and social activist who rose to fame in the 1980s for his vibrant, colorful, and politically charged works. He was born on May 4, 1958, in Reading, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Kutztown. As a child, Haring was fascinated by art, and he spent much of his time drawing and creating. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, where he honed his skills as an artist and began to experiment with different styles and techniques. In 1978, Haring moved to New York City, where he quickly became immersed in the city’s vibrant street art scene. He began creating murals and other works in public spaces, using his art to address social and political issues such as AIDS, racism, and homophobia. Haring’s art was characterised by its bold lines, bright colours, and simple, almost cartoonish forms. He often used iconic symbols such as the “radiant baby” and the “barking dog” to convey his messages, and he was known for his playful and irreverent approach to art and life.

In addition to his work as an artist, Haring was also a committed activist, using his art to raise awareness and funds for various causes. He collaborated with other artists, musicians, and activists, and he founded the Keith Haring Foundation in 1989 to support AIDS-related organisations and other social causes.

Tragically, Haring died of AIDS-related complications in 1990, at the age of 31. Nevertheless, his legacy continues to inspire and influence artists around the world, and his work remains an enduring symbol of hope, activism, and creativity.

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