Keith Haring

American artist and social activist (1958–1990)

Keith Haring (May 4 1958February 14, 1990) was a pre-eminent artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York street culture of the 1980s.

Keith Haring


  • The only way art lives is through the experience of the observer. The reality of art begins with the eyes of the beholder, through imagination, invention and confrontation.
  • Whatever you do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don't do it for anyone else.

Children know something that most people have forgotten.

Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.

Good and Evil are very hard to explain or understand. They are not completely opposites and in fact are often one and the same.

I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.

When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.

The act of creation is a kind of ritual. The origins of art and human existence lie hidden in this mystery of creation. Human creativity reaffirms and mystifies the power of ‘life.’

Every time I make something I think about the people who are going to see it and every time I see something, I think about the person who made it…

I’d like to pretend that I’ve never seen anything, never read anything, never heard anything… and then make something…

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