Keith Haring was born in 1958 as the first of four children in Reading, Pennsylvania. As a child he developed a great liking for drawing, which is strongly supported by his father. After his high school graduation in 1976 Keith Haring studied Commercial Art at the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, but left it after only two semesters to devote himself exclusively to art.

1978 Keith Haring moved to New York and enrolled at the School of Visual Arts. As an artist he breaks with the cultural conventions of his time, does not work inside the protection of gallery space, but presents his work in the clubs and on the streets of New York, but also on the empty billboards of the New York subway. In 1982 Tony Shafrazi becomes his first gallery owner. Harings popularity increases with a 30 second animation of his drawings (Radiant Baby, Barking Dog, ...), which can be seen every month for 20 minutes on the Spectra Color billboard on New York's Times Square.

In 1983 Keith Haring meets Andy Warhol during an exhibition opening at the Fun Gallery. They develop a close friendship, which is characterized by mutual recognition and artistical exchange.

In 1985 Haring presents his aluminum sculptures at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York for the first time and opens his first Pop-Shop in Soho in 1986. Here his products like T-shirts, posters, stickers, etc. are sold. In 1988 Keith Haring is diagnosed with AIDS. As a result, he works even harder, his paintings take on strength and hardness. In 1989 he founds the Keith Haring Foundation. On February 16, 1990 Keith Haring dies of AIDS at the young age of 31.

"My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I want to draw as much as I can, for as many people as I can, and as long as I can."