Andy Warhol, ‘Mami’, 1981, Deodato Arte

Within his own artistic production, Andy Warhol made extensive use of silk-screen printing. This printing technique allowed him to repeat the same picture endlessly, on different materials. Usually the silk-screen painting was realised from a cellulose acetate, a negative (or positive) photo reproduced on a transparent support, whose image remained impressed in black and white on the final material.

In this artwork the subject is portrayed with dark colors. The dark face on a black background is noticeable thanks to the elements that the artist highlighted with strong, vivid colors: the red bandana, the yellow earrings, her red mouth and her blue eyes. In this way the figure stands out from the background, becoming visible and clear. On the right side of the artwork, in black, Andy Warhol's signature appears.

Signature: Signed by the artist

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