Andy Warhol | Artopia

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Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His given name was Andrew Warhola and his father, a construction worker, died in an accident when he was in his early teens. In 1945, Warhol entered the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) where he majored in pictorial design. He received his B.F.A. in 1949 and moved to New York City, where he became a successful commercial artist and illustrator for magazines like Vogue and The New Yorker. Andy Warhol wanted to blur the line between fine art and commercial art. His 1960s depictions of mass-produced items, like his Campbell’s Soup can series, make him the artist most identified with pop art