Andy Warhol and his painting Marilyns.

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Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol was born as Andrew Warhola in 1928. Although various dates were given as his date of birth, Andy's two older brothers and a birth certificate show that he was born on the 6th of August. He was born in Pittsburgh as the son of Slovak Immigrants, Julia and Andrej Warhola.

After High school Andy studied commercial art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. He graduated in 1949 where he then moved to New York and worked as an illustrator for magazines such as Vogue and Harpers Bazaar. He was soon one of New York's most sought of and successful commercial illustrators. His work was also exhibited in various venues during the 1950's as well as his first group show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1956.

The 1960's were probably the most prolific decade for Warhol, many of the paintings that he created during that decade are still popular to this very day such as, Cambpell's Soup Cans, Disasters and Marilyns.

As well as being a painter, Warhol also produced several films such as "Chelsea Girls", "Empire" and "The Closet."

In 1968 Warhol survived a shooting from Valerie Solanis who was the founder and sole member of SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men). The attempt was almost fatal and Warhol was hospitalized for almost two months. Sonalis later said that "he had too much control over my life"

In the 1970's, Warhol began publishing Interview magazine and also renewed his focus on painting. He also published The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and back again) He was now a firmly established 20th Century artist as well as an International Celebrity and his work was exhibited in galleries all around the world. In the 1980's he created two cable...