About the Author
Keith Haring was born in Pennsylvania in 1958 and at the age of 19, moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts. In New York, he discovered the thriving alternative art world of the downtown streets, subways and nightclubs. Haring soon became one of the best known artists responding to the urban culture of the 1980s. Drawing in white chalk on black paper, which at the time was used to cover expired advertising panels in the subway stations, Haring developed a vocabulary of images that would become his signature: the radiant baby, the barking dog, and the running figure.Haring utilised a variety of media to communicate essential themes to a mass audience, such as birth, death, love and war. Since Keith Haring's death in 1990, he has been the subject of several international retrospectives and his work is held in major private and public collections. Despite his short career, Keith Haring's work has become a universally recognised visual language of the 20th century.