Andy Warhol Was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1928. Andy grew up in the neighborhood of Oakland. Andy's parents were Slovakian immigrants his fathers name was Ondrej Warhola and his mothers name Julia Warhola. His parents were Catholics and kept their religion close and they wouldn't brake a rule. At the age of 8 he caught the disease Chorea. His nervous system left him in bed for several months, during the time he was in bed his mom an artist gave him his first drawing lesson. Soon drawing became Warhol's favorite thing to do. When he was 9 Andy's mom bought him a camera because he liked to watch movies and he soon took photography and makeshift of film in there basement. Andy attended Holmes Elementary School which gave him free art classes, that now is the Carnegie Museum of Art. Andy's father died when he was 14 due to jaundiced liver. His father gave up his life savings to go towards Andy's education. The same year Andy attended Schenley High School, and graduated and soon enrolled at the Carnegie Institute for Technology, that now is Carnegie Mellon University, to study pictorial design.
Andy graduated in the year of 1949 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he moved to New York City to become a commercial artist. He Found a job at the Glamour magazine, he became one of the most famous known commercial artist in the 1950's. He won awards for his unique style, using his own blotted line technique with rubber stamps to get his drawings started. He created the meaning of pop art and himself which brought a bigger meaning to the world for the first time. Richard Hamilton a British artist called Warhol's art popular, glamorous and witty. Warhol soon became bigger and bigger by creating portraits of famous celebrities such as Marilyn. Soon many commission's for portraits came in from celebrities. One of Andy's portraits, " Eight Elvises" became one of the most resold paintings, it was the most valuable paintings that sold for 100 million dollars. In 1964 Warhol opened up his own art studio.He also went into new directions, publishing his first book, Andy Warhol's Index, in 1967. In 1968 Warhol had a tragic accident that almost ended his career, He was shot my Valerie Solanas who is an aspiring writer, radical feminist, in June 3. He was badly wounded.
Warhol wanted to illustrate an ordinary product into something that has its purpose. He would draw shoes for women. Andy would make art out of canvases, he would use the style of leading with blurry lines that connected to his physical life and art life. Andy's parents and siblings would help him create his personality. He used his mothers art work in his own art work, his first art work was with pop art icons.