Keith Haring: The Story of His Life (2021)

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From his boyhood days spent drawing compulsively through his tragic death, the trajectory of Keith Haring’s life is a story of incredible achievement, luck, opportunity, and extraordinary commitment. This graphic novel looks at every stage of that life, exploring his early influences, the roots of his activism, and his close friendships with other artist contemporaries. It shows readers what it was like to be part of New York City’s vibrant downtown art scene in the 1980s—the nightclubs, art openings, the rise of hip-hop—and how world events, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall; the escalation of the nuclear arms race; apartheid; and the dawn of the climate crisis played into his work. They’ll learn how Haring’s own battle with AIDS fueled his advocacy for education and research, and they’ll get to know the figures who were most influential to his work—from Warhol to Basquiat, Fab Five Freddy to Madonna. Packed with key cultural reference points as well as the artist’s own reflections, this graphic biography makes for compulsive, eye-opening reading.

From: Penguin Random House

Notes on This Title

This is a biography of artist Keith Haring. Other figures of the art world at the time – such as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat – are referenced. It was originally published in Italian in 2021 before receiving an English translation in 2022.




“This is a well-researched book, produced with a Pop-Art aesthetic that suits the subject matter.” (Source: Dublin Art Life)

“Paolo Parisi’s vibrant colors and black contour line work is a fitting stylistic choice to pay homage to the artist.” (Source: Gay League)



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