The latest Google Doodle marks artist Keith Haring’s 54th birthday. Haring was born May 4, 1958. He died of an AIDS-related illness at the height of the HIV epidemic in North America on Feb. 16, 1990.
He was known for his pop-art drawings and illustrations.
Born in Reading, Penn., Haring was raised in nearby Kutztown. He began drawing at an early age and learned basic cartooning skills from his father. He studied art in Pittsburg and New York after graduating from high school. He studied performing art, video installation and collage while always continuing to draw.
Haring had his first solo exhibition in New York in 1981. He gained international recognition and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions between 1980 and 1989.
Between 1982 and 1989 he created more than 50 public works, such as the mural Crack is Whack in Harlem, N.Y., and TuttoMondo in Pisa, Italy, and of art in cities around the world for charities, hospitals, daycare centres and orphanages. He devoted much of his time to public works and began the Keith Haring foundation the year before his death and a year after he was diagnosed with HIV. The foundation, still in operation, focuses on AIDS-related and children’s charities.
Haring has been the subject of several international retrospectives since his death and his work is part of the collections of major museums around the world.