BORN IN PITTSBURGH, PA 1928
DIED IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK 1987
One of the most pivotal and influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol was the leading figure in the American-born Pop Art movement. Warhol attended Carnegie Institute of Technology—now Carnegie Mellon University—earning a BFA in Pictorial Design with the goal of becoming a commercial illustrator. Soon after graduating, Warhol moved to New York City to pursue a career as a commercial artist. He soon became one of the most successful illustrators of the 1950s, recognized for his unique, whimsical style of drawing that belied its source material.
Throughout his prolific career, Warhol explored the relationship between art and culture through non-traditional application techniques as well as painting, photography, film and sculpture. Warhol understood the power of images and propelled the potential of how we define art and the artist's role in society. In 2019, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, presented the first Warhol retrospective organized by a US institution since 1989, which traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.