Andy Warhol was an American painter, film-maker and author. Born in Pittsburgh and originally named Warhola, he studied pictorial design at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, 1945-9. In 1949 he moved to New York and worked as a commercial artist when he was awarded the Art Directors’ Club Medal for his shoe advertisements 1957.
Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of colour.