Andy Warhol is a very renowned name in the pop art. He was an American artist who brought revolution in the art of 1960s, bringing a visual art movement, exploring artistic expression, advertisement and celebrity culture. Soon he had a very prominent name as commercial illustrator but often there were controversies related to his work. Nonetheless, he successfully managed to become the most famous artist of the era. There is a museum in the United States, The Andy Warhol Museum, dedicated to him alone, where people greatly acknowledge and praise his outstanding work. His work was not only limited to the paintings and ad illustrations, he also ventured into other variety of art forms like film making and performance art, rendering him equally successful in all.
Andrew Warhola was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At an early age, he learned the basics of art from his mother while he was sick with Chorea and on the bed rest for several months. He attended the Holmes Elementary School and also took the art classes offered by Carnegie Institute. For his graduation he went to Schenley High school and after graduation, he perused Pictorial Studies in Carnegie Institute for Technology.
He initiated his artistic career in 1949 after completing his Bachelors in Fine arts and moving to New York. He put all his endeavors in being a commercial artist. His splendid job with Glamour magazine and his outstanding techniques with rubber stamps and blotted line won him many recognition awards. His career as a commercial artist was at pinnacle in 1950.
The next decade was mostly focused on painting and pop art that brought in limelight the mass produced commercial goods. These canvases of ordinary consumer products brought a great change in the world of art. This did not only brought pop art but also Warhol into spotlight. Coco cola, Vacuum cleaner and hamburgers were the products that really captured people’s heart. Then he began with the portraits of celebrities among which those who received much appreciation where those of Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor and Mao Zedong. The triumph of these portraits was quickly followed by the inflow of thousands of commissions of portraits from various celebrities and socialites.
In 1964, Warhol opened his own art studio that was known as “The factory” that became the hotspot for the New York’s elites and art lovers. It was enriched with Andrew’s magnificent work that was praised by wealth people and celebrities every now and then. This was the most glorious decade of Andy’s life that confirmed him to be the master of pop art and gained him innumerable followers. In 1968 however, he fell prey to a murder attack by Valerie Solanis, who shot Andrew leaving him seriously injured.
In the 1970s Warhol stepped into other forms of media, publishing his most famous book, The philosophy of Andy Warhol and also started appearing on television with his Andy Warhol’s TV and Andy Warhol’s fifteen minutes that further dignified his name.
Warhol died at the age of 58 in the year 1987 and remained unmarried, immersed in his work. His personal life however was subjected to many controversies. Nonetheless his amazing effort in the world of art will forever be praised.