A part of the legendary New York art scene of the 1980s, Keith Haring (1958–1990) was inspired by graffiti, pop art and underground club culture. Haring was a great collaborator and worked with like-minded artists such as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. All were interested in creating art for the many. In doing so, he introduced his art and ideas to as many people as possible. Compelled to speak for his generation, his art responds to urgent issues including political dictatorship, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, AIDS awareness, capitalism and the environment.His animated imagery has "become a widely recognized visual language". After gaining public recognition, he created colorful larger scale murals, many commissioned.
In addition to solo gallery exhibitions, he participated in renowned national and international group shows such as documenta in Kassel and the Venice Biennale.