Andy Warhol

1928-1987

BIOGRAPHY:

Andy Warhola was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1928. While he was recovering from a liver disease, his mother taught him how to draw. Andy was known as quiet and shy, but he was extremely creative and loved drawing, photography, and movies. Andy was sent to Carnegie Mellon University to study art. He then moved to New York City in 1959 in order to become a successful commercial artist. On one of his first jobs, the company misspelled his name as Andy "Warhol," but he liked the name so he continued to drop the "a." In 1961, Warhol customized the concept of Pop Art, or using commercial products within his art.

MEDIUM:

  • Silkscreen
  • Lithography
  • Painting
  • Photography

CONTEXT OF ART:

Andy Warhol was inspired by popular culture, famous people, widespread products,  and the world around him. He was inspired by the perfection that machines could accomplish, which is what he based his Pop Art creations on.

INFLUENCES:

  • Warhol's mother was a large inspiration to him since she was the first person that exposed him to drawing and art.
  • Marcel Duchamp: Conceptual artist, Cubism
  • Jean Michel Basquiat: Graffiti, Contemporary art

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

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