Andrew Varchola,Jr. was born in 1928 and died in 1987 due a post-operative cardiac arrhythmia.
You know him as Andy Warhol; an artist who became known for his exploration and expression of the visual arts, namely what became known as “POP art”. Andy had a successful career as a commercial illustrator before he became an american icon and, at times, a controversial artist.
He was a Pennsylvania native which boasts the largest museum in the USA that is dedicated to a single artist; The Andy Warhol Museum.
A few things you may not know about Andy Warhol:
- He was shot in 1968 (3 days before Robert F. Kennedy was shot) by Valerie Solanas because she felt Andy had too much control over her life.
- He was a religious man who worshiped regularly and volunteered at homeless shelters in New York. He depicted religious subjects in many of his paintings.
- He founded the New York Academy of Art in 1979.
- Warhol had his will set to give most of his estate to the advancement of the visual arts. Sotheby’s spent 9 days auctioning off his estate and this auction grossed more than $20million.
Warhol is best known for his extremely simple, larger-than-life, high-contrast color paintings (silk-screen prints) of packaged consumer products, everyday objects, such as Campbell’s Soup, poppy flowers, and the banana appearing on the cover of the rock music album The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967), and also for his stylized portraits of twentieth century celebrity icons, such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Judy Garland, and Elizabeth Taylor. -wiki source