Pop Art Legend: Andy Warhol - Early Life


When most people hear the name Andy Warhol, the image of a soup can or Marilyn Monroe pops into their head. His art is recognizable around the world and each piece is a rare, costly treasure. However, what many people do not know is his life story. 

Here is the beginning of his biography:

This pop art legend was born on August 6th, 1928 to two immigrants. Since his parents were devoted Catholics, their family regularly attended mass.

In 1934, his father moved them to a brick house where Andy was able to attend nearby Holmes School and take free art classes at Carnegie Hall.

As a young child, he was drawn to art, Hollywood movies and photography. He even developed his photographs in his own basement.

Andy entered Schenley High School in 1942. This same year, his father passed away.

Before his death, Andy’s father recognized his son’s talent and saved money for a college education. Between the years 1945-1949, Andy earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Andy Warhol's pop art career started with a great deal of talent and desire. Stay tuned for continued history about his legendary life. 

Resources: The Andy Warhol Museum

Photos: The Andy Warhol Museum
Top: Self-Portrait (Passport Photographs, one with Altered Nose), 1956. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Bottom left: Andy Warhol about the age of 3, with his mother Julia and brother John, 1932 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Bottom right: Homeroom picture of Andy Warhol's class at Schenley High School, 1944-1945 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the




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