The Life of Andy Warhol

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Never before have I encountered more intriguing works of art than those

done by Andy Warhol. I have been curious about his life ever since I saw

his work in Milwaukee. I saw his famous work of the Campbell's Soup Can.

By viewing this, one can tell he is not your average artist. I'm sure his

life is full of interesting events that shaped him into who he was. As an

artist myself, I would like to get to know the background of his life. I

may then be able to appreciate his styles and understand why and how his

works were created. His life is as interesting as his artistic


Andrew Warhola (his original name) was born one of three sons of Czech

immigrants, somewhere in Pennsylvania on either August 6, 1928 or on

September 28, 1930 (the date on his birth certificate). His father died

when Andy was at a very young age.

Thus, it forced Andy into a deep

depression containing lack of self confidence. Much of his young life has

been kept secret. However, he did report being very shy and depressed

because he never felt comfortable with his homosexuality. His childhood

life may have been full of the torture that children threw at him for

being the different person he was. He was able to attend college. After

graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in pictorial design from

Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, he went to New York City with

Philip Pearlstein, who was a fellow student that later became a well-known

realist painter. In 1960, Warhol finally began to paint in earnest and to

view art seriously as a career. He began his career with commercial

drawings of women's shoes. In 1961, an early manifestation was his Dick

Tracy, an enlarged...