Andy Warhol

Which celebrity is quoted as saying, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes?"

And the answer is: Andy Warhol.

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Andy Warhol was an American artist, film director, and producer, who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. He ventured into forms of expression that often sparked controversy by blurring the line between mainstream aesthetics and fine art, but in his lifetime his innovations were generally revered.

Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents were Slovakian immigrants, and the family enforced their devout Byzantine Catholic beliefs by attending mass every week. When Warhol was eight years old he contracted a nervous disease that left him bedridden for weeks. It was there that his mother introduced to him the pleasure of drawing and art. From that point on Warhol pursued his love for art, and eventually went on to study it at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University).

In his career Warhol was first known and celebrated for his whimsical style and "blotted line" technique. This technique combined basic printmaking skills with drawing, and allowed him to make several slightly varied illustrations along a similar theme. He soon turned to pop art, which was a practice largely inspired by commercial artifacts of daily life. He drew from the blotted line practice of replication with slight variation, and it was a hit. Warhol's career took off and his practice soon grew to encompass more experimental forms of art as well as sculpture, performance art and filmmaking. In the end, Warhol was a massive influence on the development of the contemporary art scene.

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Check out Warhol's official website to learn more.

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