#1 -Keith Haring

” I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it. ”
– Keith Haring

Keith Haring was born on May4,1958 in Pennsylvania, USA. He loved to draw from an early age, studying cartooning skills from his father. After graduating from high school in 1976, Haring enrolled in the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, but dropped out because he realized that he wanted to become a commercial graphic artist. He moved to New York City and went to School of Visual Arts. He developed his style and held many exhibitions and earned international recognition. He spent a lot of his time to public works with carried messages. In 1990, on 16th of February, Haring died of AIDS.


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Famous Keith Haring art work included mostly symbolic line drawings of people and situation.

He translated these simple images into sculpture, paintings, graffiti, and drawings. – Art Newsletter Archives

Keith Haring is one of my favorite artist. Since I saw his bold lines and energetic figures of his work, I have been attracted his images and his style. In summer, I went to Kieth Haring exhibition and again, I was amazed with his active figures. Not only with colors or strong lines, Haring conveys his poignant messages about politics, racism, genders, and unity. Truly, I could comprehend his legacy which was an huge impact on 20th century art. Haring’s vivid colors and simplified figures have strong messages. He has been worked on mural with children and made a series of work about racism in black&white colors. He contributed to New York city and had lots of exhibitions. He also established friendships with other artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Whitney Biennial and Andy Warhol. Haring got inspired by Andy Warhol and Walt Disney who are the icons of  US and created “Andy Mouse.” He took ideas from unity of world and world issues (events). He used many medias; he has some drawings with ink, silk screen printing, sculpture, mixed media collage, and public projects.

“My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can.”
– Keith Haring


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