Keith Haring was an activist and artist from the United States. Inspired by pop art, graffiti and underground club culture, he was an integral part of the legendary New York art scene of the 1980s. He collaborated with everyone from Madonna to William Burroughs and engaged creativity in all its forms. Keith used his profile to raise awareness of issues not just affecting his scene but the whole world, and brought an energy to everything he did, which is perhaps why his career, though short, made such an impression and leaves behind a lasting legacy. We featured Keith as part of our series “Yes, but why?,” a project by WePresent and Tate galleries to explain what makes some of the world’s best artists so brilliant.