Andy Warhol

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Andrew Warhola was born on August 6, 1928 in Forest City, Pennsylvania, USA. His father, Ondrej, came from the Austria-Hungary Empire, now Slovakia, in 1912. His mother, Julia Zavacky Warhola, in 1921. His father worked as a construction worker and after as a coal miner. Around some time, the family moved to Pittsburgh. During Andrew’s teenage years, he suffered from several nervous breakdowns. Overcoming this obstacle, he graduated from Schenley High School in Pittsburgh in 1945, and enrolled in the Carnegie Institute of Technology graduating in June 1949. During college, he met Philip Pearlstein, a fellow student.

After graduation, Andy Warhol dropped the letter 'a' from his last name. He moved to New York City, and shared an apartment with Pearlstein at St. Mark's Place for a couple months. He moved in and out of several Manhattan apartments, and he changed the spelling of his name to Warhol. In New York he met Tina Frederickswho was an art editor of Glamour Magazine.

Warhol's early jobs were creating drawings for Glamour, such as the Success is a Job in New York, and women's shoes. He also drew advertising for many magazines, including Vogue, Harper's Bazzar, book jackets, and holiday greeting cards.

In the 1950s, he moved to an apartment on East 75th Street. His mother moved in with him, and Fritizie Miller became his agent. In 1952, his first solo exhibition was held at Hugo Gallery, New York, of drawings to illustrate stories by Truman Capote. He started illustrating books. He begun with Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette. He worked for a theater group on the Lower East Side, and designs sets. It was around that time that he died his hair silver. Warhol published several books, including: Twenty Five Cats Named Sam, and One Blue Pussy. During 1956, he...