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Roy Lichtenstein Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City on October 27th 1923 He described his childhood as quiet and uneventful His father was a realtor his mother was a housewife Art was not taught at the school Roy attended but when he turned fourteen he began taking Saturday morning classes at the Parson School of Design After he graduated from high school in 1940 he attended the School of Fine Art at Ohio State University He was drafted however in 1943 in the middle of his education at Ohio State While he was in the military he served in Great Britain and Europe When he returned to the US in 1946 he completed his studies for his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Ohio State University in 1949 After he got his degree he immediately began teaching at Ohio State and kept teaching there until 1951 He then taught at New York State University College Oswego from 1957 until 1961 when he transferred and began teaching at Douglas College of Rutgers University New Brunswick NJ he stopped teaching there in 1963 Later that year Roy moved to New York where he was commissioned by the architect Philip Johnson to produce large format painting for the New York State Pavilion at the Worlds Fair in New York This year he also had his first one-man exhibition in Europe at the Galerie Ileana Sonnabend Paris He was given his first American retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Cleveland in 1963 also Other exhibitions where Roy was represented in the sixties was the Venice Biennale in 1966 1968 and 1970 In 1967-1968 he had a retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum this was also shown throughout the world including Minneapolis In 1969 he was given a retrospective at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum New York His career as an artist mainly started in 1951 he usually painted cowboys and Indians in various
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