Keith Haring ( 1958 - 1990) Keith Haring landed in New York in the 70s. He studied a wide range of visual techniques at the School of Visual Arts, but remained faithful to drawing, his favourite means of expression because it is more immediate. East Village became his home and, with friends such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, he played an active role in the alternative culture of the 80s, which brought art out on to the streets. These drawings, which he described as simple, naive ideograms in bright colours, are often of a sexual and sometimes morbid nature. A forerunner in his approach to art, with the aim of making it accessible to everyone, he opened his own shop in Soho in 1986, selling his work directly and innovating by offering derivative products. Keith Haring died young and is an emblem of his era, his city and the thinking of the 80s.