About the artist
Raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, his father Allen sparked his interest in drawing with Disney and Dr. Seuss cartoons. By 1978, Haring migrated to New York City for his studies at the School of Visual Arts, finding his identity and creative voice as he explored his homosexuality.
He flourished amid the thriving New York hip-hop, graffiti, and nightlife scenes, encountering with fellow creatives like Kenny Scharf, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Grace Jones, and Madonna. Defying conventional norms, Haring often produced art in public spaces, ranging from New York subway stations to worldwide murals. His works, marked by lively immediacy, tackled global issues from apartheid and the AIDS epidemic to nuclear disarmament, utilizing his fame to bring attention to these causes. In 1990, Haring tragically succumbed to AIDS at 31.
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