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Keith Haring

Keith Haring

(Reading, 4 May 1958 – New York, 16 February 1990)

He was an American painter and writer.
His family moved to Kutztown a few years after his birth, and it was here that he spent most of his childhood; still a boy, he revealed a strong inclination for drawing, openly encouraged by his father Allen, who had for a long time sensed the inclinations and artistic talent of his son.
It was the characters of the comics like those of Walt Disney and Dr. Seuss that exerted a lasting influence on him.
Turned teenager, Haring showed his ardent temperament: he did not accept limitations and often consumed drugs and alcohol with friends.
Despite this, he continued to cultivate his passion for drawing; decisive, in this sense, was the visit to the Hirshhorn museum in Washington D.C., where the graphic production of Andy Warhol was being exhibited.