Andy Warhol

(American, 1928 - 1987)


“I think everybody should like everybody.”

- Andy Warhol


            Andy Warhol was born on August 6 of 1928 as Andrew Warhola to Slovakian immigrant parents Ondrej and Julia Warhola. His father was a construction worker, and his mother an embroiderer who were both devout Byzantine Catholics. When Warhol was 8 years old he became ill with Chorea, the serious and sometimes fatal nervous system disease that left him bedridden for months. While he was sick, his mother who was a skilled artist herself, gave her son his first drawing lessons. Drawing soon became a favorite pastime of Warhol who also was a fan of movies. Photography for Warhol began at age 9 with a camera his mother bought him. He created a darkroom in their basement to develop the film.


            Warhol took free art classes at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh while in Elementary School. It wasn’t much later that at 14 years old, his father passed away. The young artist was deeply affected, and was too upset to attend his father’s wake. Warhol’s father confidence in his son’s art was so great, he made sure his life savings went towards his college education in his will. Warhol graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology to study pictorial design, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1949. He then moved to New York City, became a commercial artist, and dropped the “a” at the end of his last name. In September of that year he landed a job with Glamour magazine and became very successful; his whimsical style and blotted line technique won him many awards.


            In the 1950s Warhol focused on painting, and it was in 1961 that “pop art” was formally introduced. His now iconic Campbell soups cans debuted in 1962, creating a tsunami in the art world with them. The canvases brought Warhol and pop art into the spotlight, and have since remained there. Warhol’s subjects were mainly of mass-produced commercial goods and consumer products, and also celebrities. His studio, The Factory, was a simple silver warehouse that also housed many lavish parties attended by socialites and celebrities – it was New York’s hotspot.


            In 1968 Warhol’s career nearly came to an abrupt end, he was shot by Valerie Solanas. She had made an appearance in a film of his, and was apparently upset he refused to use a script she’d written. Solanas was arrested after the incident, and plead guilty. Warhol spent weeks recovering in the hospital, and had to undergo several surgeries. Warhol later used the scars on his torso in his projects, transforming them into art.


            The artist was not only limited to painting, but also a publisher and video artist. He produced over 60 films over his career, his most notable being Sleep and Eat. In the latter part of the artist’s life, he suffered problems with his gall bladder and he ultimately had it removed. Warhol appeared to be recovering from the procedure, but suddenly died of cardiac arrest two days later on February 22 of 1987. Thousands attended the artist’s memorial in New York City. Andy Warhol is considered one of the most influential pop artists of all time, his pieces some of the most recognizable images ever done. His culture is widely used and known all over the world. His works are one of the most highly priced and sought after in the history of art. His life and work has a separate meaning for everyone who appreciates his legacy.


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