Andy Warhol

Printmaking, Visual Artist

1928 – 1987


Who was Andy Warhol?

Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.

Warhol's art encompassed many forms of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. He was also a pioneer in computer-generated art using Amiga computers that were introduced in 1984, two years before his death. He founded Interview Magazine and was the author of numerous books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. He is also notable as a gay man who lived openly as such before the gay liberation movement. His studio, The Factory, was a famous gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.

Famous Quotes:

  • Love and sex can go together and sex and unlove can go together and love and unsex can go together. But personal love and personal sex is bad.
  • Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details.
  • Those who talk about individuality the most are the ones who most object to deviation, and in a few years it may be the other way around. Some day everybody will just think what they want to think, and then everybody will probably be thinking alike; that
  • Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
  • Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.
  • The day will come when everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.
  • I am a deeply superficial person.
  • People sometimes say that the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually it's the way things happen to you in life that's unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like watching television -- you don't feel anything.
  • Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there -- I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television.
  • I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of work, because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don't always want to do. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.

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Aug 6, 1928
Also known as
  • Andrew Varchola
  • Drella
  • Andrew Warhola
  • Andrew Varchola, Jr.
  • Andrej Varchola, Jr.
  • Andrej Varhola, Jr.
  • Andrew Warhola, Jr.
  • Rusyn American
  • Rusyns
  • Slovak American
  • Caucasian race
  • United States of America
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University
    Poster Design
    (1945 - 1949)
  • High School Diploma, Schenley High School
    (1942 - 1945)
  • Joseph Horne Company
    (1947 - 1947)
Lived in
  • Pittsburgh
  • 1342 Lexington Avenue
Feb 22, 1987
New York City
Resting place
St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery

on July 23, 2013


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