His real name is Andrew Warhola. He was born August 6, 1928 and passed away in 1987.
He was one of the leading figures of the art movement known as pop art.
(above is a photo I took of one of his pieces in the Broad museum in LA)
He used silk screen printmaking process as a technique for making paintings. He also developed his "blotted line" technique where he applied ink to paper and blotted the ink while still wet.
He began drawing shoes for Glamour magazine in the late 1940s. The worked for shoe manufacturer Israel Miller. RCA Records hired Warhol, along with another freelance artist, Sid Maurer, to design album covers and promotional materials. Below is an album cover with Warhol's art for a band that he managed and produced.
Warhol was also a filmmaker who made more than 60 films in a 5 year period. He was inspired by pretty much anything, which rejected through is unusual and creative films. His most popular and successful film was Chelsea Girls made in 1966.
Andy's early influences were studying commercial art at Pittsburgh. There he was also involved in the Modern Dance Club and Beaux Arts Society. He then earned his degree in Fine Arts and moved to New York to work in magazine illustration.
As a third grader he was diagnosed with Sydenham's chorea which is when the nervous system causes involuntary movements of the extremities. He became a hypochondriac and spent much of his time in bed at home. This allowed him to have a lot of time to draw and develope his art skills.
I really like this artist. He was skilled in multiple art forms which is really inspiring to me because I'm going into college next year majoring in visual arts. His work is very bright and unique which makes him very appealing. I chose him because I have seen his work in museums before and Billabong chose some of his designs recently to be on their clothing.