Haring achieved his first public attention with public art in subways. These were his first recognized pieces of pop art. His bold lines, vivid colors, and active figures carry strong messages of life and unity.Haring's work very clearly demonstrates many important political and personal influences. Ideas about his sexual orientation are apparent throughout his work and his journals clearly confirm its impact on his work Starting in 1980, he organized exhibitions in Club 57. He participated in the Times Square exhibition and drew for the first time animals and human faces. In 1981 he sketched his first chalk drawings on black paper and painted plastic, metal and found objects. Haring's technique is a mixture of graffiti and pop art usually portraying human figures with bold lines and bright colors.From 1976 to 1978 he studied graphic design at The Ivy School of Professional Art, a commercial and fine art school in Pittsburgh. Keith moved to New York City where he was greatly inspired by the graffiti art, and additionally studied at the School of Visual Arts. Haring is known for his graffiti art and pop art paintings.