Artist, Author. He gave birth to the Pop Art movement, and his paintings of the Campbell's soup cans brought him to the attention of the art world. Born, raised and schooled in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Carpathian immigrant parents from Slovakia. He received his drawing skills and training from Carnegie Institute of Technology, then moved to New York City, gaining success as a commercial artist. He set up a building where he manufactured his art and filmed movies, a place known as The Factory. It was here he came close to death when mentally unbalanced Valerie Solanis came to this location in 1969 and shot him in the chest but he survived. A hereditary gallbladder disease was passed onto Andy Warhol through his father. After complications from bladder surgery at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center, he died at the age of 58. His body was shipped back to Castle Shannon for burial where a funeral mass was celebrated at St John Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church. A later memorial service was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral attended by over 2,000 people. The Andy Warhol Museum opened in Pittsburgh in 1994, which was the site selected by The Postal Service to issue a 37-cent commemorative stamp in 2002 featuring a self portrait of Andy Warhol.
Bio by: Donald Greyfield