“Art is something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.”
Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on May 4, 1958. At a young age, Haring was fascinated by the cartoon art of Walt Disney and Charles Schultz. He moved to New York City in 1978 and began making chalk drawings in subway stations. Haring believed in art and its power to transform lives. Perhaps more important, Haring also believed that art was capable of engaging and enriching the spirit. He invented an image-vocabulary which simultaneously captured the mysteries of ancient ritual and the obsessions of high-tech society. With his pared-down characters, supple lines, infallible sense of scale and spontaneity, Haring was able to tackle everything from notebook size paper to 100 foot murals with no preparatory sketches. He has made an indelible contribution to the iconography of our time.