Keith Haring made his first public mural in 1982 at Houston Street, New York. Since then to the time of his death, seven years later, he produced murals in various cities such as Berlin, Paris, Pisa and Barcelona.
Haring’s mural in Barcelona was created in an almost fortuitous manner. On his way back from Madrid in 1989,, Haring met his friend Montse Guillén, a gastronome and restaurant owner living in New York. When Guillén suggested the possibility of making an intervention related to AIDS in Barcelona, Haring accepted on condition that he could choose the site, and selected a square in the Raval, then a seedy area known as the Barrio Chino.