Keith Haring was born in Pennsylvania in 1958. As a young man, he discovered both his art and his sexuality. He moved to New York City in 1980 for deeper self-expression.
From 1980 to 1985, inspired by Andy Warhol, he applied artistic concepts on vacant advertising panels in the New York Subway System. His simple, bold line-work illustrations became a sensation, appearing in hundreds of posters and books, and public artworks in cities worldwide for hospitals, children's day care centers and orphanages.
Haring died in 1990, among the first generation of gay men lost to the AIDS epidemic. Prior to his death, he was devoted to creating cultural awareness about the disease, and issues related to equal rights for the gay community.
The Keith Haring Foundation, which he created before his death, continues his legacy of giving to children's and AIDS organizations.
This Rainbow Minute is read by Dustin Richardson.