Andy Warhol

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
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Profession: Pop Artist

United States of America

Biography: Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the pop art movement of the 1960s. He is known for his artworks in a wide variety of mediums which drew on influences from advertising and celebrity culture.

Some of Warhol's best known works are the paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), as well as his films Empire (1964) and Chelsea Girls (1966).

Warhol's studio in New York was known as The Factory, where a number of prominent figures during his day would gather. He was shot at his studio in 1968 by a radical feminist called Valerie Solanas, who was the author of the SCUM Manifesto (1967).

Born: August 6, 1928
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo

Died: February 22, 1987 (aged 58)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Historical Events

  • 1962-07-09 Andy Warhol's first West Coast gallery exhibition in the Ferus Gallery of Los Angeles
  • 1968-06-03 American radical feminist Valerie Solanas attempts to assassinate Andy Warhol by shooting him three times. She is later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and pleads guilty to "reckless assault with intent to harm", serving a 3 year sentence.
  • 2022-05-09 An Andy Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe sells for $195 million at auction in New York - the highest price ever for an American artwork

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