Haring was born on May 4, 1958. He grew up in
Kutztown, Pennsylvania, the oldest of four siblings.
His artistic leanings were evident from a very
early age. In 1976, Keith hitchhiked cross-country,
stopping along the way to look at other art
programs. When he returned to Pittsburgh later
that year, he sat in on classes at the University
of Pittsburgh, and eventually became involved
with the Pittsburgh Arts and Crafts Center,
where he had his first important show.
Elements that would become central to Keith's
style were beginning to emerge; he began working
with a vocabulary of small, interconnected abstract
shapes. At the same time, he began to discover
some of his most important influences among