Andy Warhol was a U.S. artist famous for his paintings of Campbell Soup cans and portraits of celebrities. Warhol himself became a celebrity, in part because of his unusual personality and sense of style
Andrew Warhola, as he was originally named, was born in Pennsylvania in about He studied art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology.
After graduating in 1949, he moved to New York City. There he drew illustrations for advertisements. But he wanted to be an artist whose works were shown in art galleries.
In 1962 Warhol showed some of his paintings at a gallery. He had painted 32 pictures of different flavors of Campbell's soup. The soup cans were all painted in the same flat style.
Warhol's paintings were a new kind of art. Warhol took familiar objects and made them into art. Warhol and other artists were called pop artists because they took images from popular culture, or everyday life.
By 1963 Warhol had begun to make pictures from photographs. He started creating portraits of such stars as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. He made numerous portraits of the same person using different bright colors for each picture.
Warhol called the place where he created his art the Factory. The Factory became a place for unusual and famous people to meet.
Warhol worked with some of these people to create films. The films were known for not having plots and being very long.
In 1968 one of Warhol's followers shot and nearly killed him. After recovering, Warhol continued to make art. He died in New York City on February 22, 1987.
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