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Keith Haring was born in in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in 1958 and is one of the most well-known exponents of Pop Art in the world. After completing his studies at the School of Visual Arts (New York), he became a freelance artist and developed an imaginative form of expression in the graffiti style that quickly garnered him international recognition.
He painted a mural on the Berlin Wall near Checkpoint Charlie, created body paintings for Grace Jones, and designed street art in Tokyo. He contracted AIDS at the end of the 1980s and spent his last years attempting to describe the social consequences of the illness in his own artistic language. Keith Haring died in New York on February 16, 1990.