If he was alive this american artist would be 52 years old. Keith Haring was born on this day, in 1958, in Reading, Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City in 1978, and began using the city as his canvas, making chalk drawings in subway stations. 31-year-old Keith Haring died on February 16, 1990, of AIDS-related complications.
During the 80s he became one of the most popular artists of the time with exhibits in Japan, Brazil, and many other countries. Haring collaborated with other artists and performers, including Andy Warhol and William Burroughs.
In 1988, Haring discovered that he had AIDS. The next year he created the The Keith Haring Foundation to support AIDS organizations and children’s programs.