Here are 10 facts about the American artist, Andy Warhol.
- Andy Warhol was born on 6th August 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- He is known for his pop art and his work focuses of the crossover between celebrity, advertising and artistic expression.
- He worked with many forms of media, including: painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, film and music. He also started a magazine (called Interview Magazine) and he wrote several books.
- He called his studio The Factory and it became a famous meeting place for creative people and celebrities.
- Warhol was a hypochondriac and was scared of hospitals and doctors.
- In the 1960s he produced a series of paintings of iconic American images and objects, these included: Campbell’s Soup cans, dollar bills, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley and Coca-Cola bottles.
- Andy Warhol was shot (and nearly killed) on 3rd June 1968. The shooter was Valerie Solanas.
- In the 1970s Warhol produced work for many celebrities, including: Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Diana Ross.
- He founded the New York Academy of Art in 1979.
- Andy Warhol died on 22nd February 1987 following post gallbladder surgery complications. He is buried at St John the Baptist Byzantine Cemetery, next to his parents.
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Other Andy Warhol Facts and FAQs
What condition did Andy Warhol suffer from as a child?
When he was growing up in Pittsburgh, Andy Warhol suffered from St Vitus Dance (Sydenham chorea), a neurological condition that can develop following an infection caused by strep bacteria. Some of the symptoms included twitching and involuntary jerking of the arms and legs. On some days, the condition meant that Andy was unable to go to school.
Why was Andy Warhol bullied at school?
Andy Warhol had very bad acne, and from the age of eight, his skin also started to lose it’s pigment. He was often teased about his red and blotchy face.
Did Andy Warhol have any brothers of sisters?
He had two brothers, both older than him. Paul (Pavol) and Jan. Paul’s son, James Warhola, became an artist and illustrated lots of picture books for children.
What was Andy Warhol’s real name?
Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh as Andrew Warhola. His parents had emigrated to the US from the area that is now Slovakia in the 1920s.
Who inherited Andy Warhol’s money after he died?
The majority of Andy Warhol’s estate was used to start the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It was founded in 1987 with the aim of advancing the visual arts. His brothers, Paul and Jan, both received sums of $250,000.
Where is the Andy Warhol Museum?
The Warhol (a Carnegie Museum) is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (his birthplace), and it houses a massive collection of Warhol’s artworks (including more than 350 of Warhol’s films) and other research materials. It opened in 1994.