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Andy was born in 1930 in Pittsburgh as the son of Czechoslovak immigrants His original name was Andrew Warhola His father was as a construction worker and died in an accident when Andy was 13 years oldAndy Warhol Bio Andy showed an early talent in drawing and paintingAndy Warhol Bio After high school he studied commercial art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in PittsburghEldredge 36 Warhol graduated in 1949 and went to New York where he worked as an illustrator for magazines like Vogue and Harpars Bazaar and for commercial advertising He soon became one of New Yorks most sought of and successful commercial illustratorsAndy Warhol Bio In 1952 Andy Warhol had his first one-man show exhibition at the Hugo Gallery in New York In 1956 he had an important group exhibition at the renowned Museum of Modern ArtAndy Warhol Bio In the sixties Warhol started painting daily objects of mass production like Campbell Soup cans and Coke bottlesEldredge 36 Soon he became a famous figure in the New York art scene From 1962 on he started making silkscreen prints of famous personalities like Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth TaylorAndy Warhol Bio The quintessence of Andy Warhol art was to remove the difference between fine arts and the commercial arts used for magazine illustrations comic books record albums or advertising campaigns Warhol once expressed his philosophy in one poignant sentence When you think about it department stores are kind of like museumsAndyWarhol Bio The pop artist not only depicted mass products but he also wanted to mass produce his own works of pop art Consequently he founded The Factory in 1962 It was an art studio where he employed in a rather chaotic way art workers to mass produce mainly prints and posters but also other items like shoes designed by the artist The first location of the Factory was in 231 East 87th StreetAndy Warhol Bio Warhols favorite printmaking
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