Andy Warhol, ‘Electric Chair, Conspiracy Means To Breathe Together’, 1969, Robert Fontaine Gallery

Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in 1928 to Slovak immigrants in a working-class suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He entered the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1945, where he majored in Pictorial Design. Upon graduation, Warhol moved to New York City. Appropriating images from popular culture, Warhol created many paintings that remain icons of 20th-century art including the Campbell's Soup Can, Marilyn and Elvis series. In 1962, the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles exhibited his Campbell's Soup Cans while the Stable Gallery in New York showed the Baseball, Coca-Cola, Do It Yourself and Dance Diagram paintings. In 1963 Warhol established a studio at 231 East 47th Street, which became known as the “Factory.” He died in 1987 following routine gallbladder surgery.

Signature: Stamped on reverse by the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Andy Warhol artwork ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York