Andy Warhol

American| Pop Art

b. 1928

Andy Warhol, an American artist, producer, designer, writer, collector, magazine publisher and filmmaker, is a notable person in the history of the pop art movement and contemporary art in general. He is the creator of works that are synonymous with the concept of "commercial pop art".

Warhol created his first pop paintings based on comics and ads. His 1961 Coca-Cola is a pivotal piece in his career, where he blended pop and abstraction. Photographic silkscreen printing allowed him to reproduce the images that he appropriated from popular culture. Among Warhol’s photographic silkscreen works are his paintings of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor, where he experimented with various techniques, such as over-printing (printing one color on top of another), registration (aligning colors on a single image), and color combinations.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Warhol received hundreds of portrait commissions from musicians and film stars, realizing his expression: “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”

Warhol died on February 22, 1987, at New York Hospital in Manhattan due to complications after a surgery.

The Andy Warhol Museum, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist. It holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives from this iconic figure.