Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when he was 8 years old, he contracted Chorea, a rare and sometimes fatal disease of the nervous system that left him bedridden for several months. His mother was an embroiderer. While Warhol was sick in bed, his mother that herself was a skillful artist, gave him his first drawing lessons. Drawing soon became Warhol’s favorite childhood pastime. Then he started taking photographs when his mother bought him a camera and he was 9 years old. He graduated in fine art, he got a job as a commercial artist in Glamour magazine. He won frequent awards for his uniquely whimsical style, using his own blotted line technique and rubber stamps to create his drawings.
In 1962, after he began devoting more attention in painting, he started to work on pop art. His most famous subjects include Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger and Mao Zedong. As these portraits gained fame and notoriety, Warhol began to receive hundreds of commissions for portraits from socialites and celebrities.
As the professor said in the video, his portrait ” Eight Elvises” eventually resold for $100 million in 2008, making it one of the most valuable paintings in world history. As we see below, it is a silkscreened painting which an image of eight, Elvis Presley in cowboy, was overlapping one another.
Andy Warhol, as the professor said in the video is widely believed to have been a gay man, and his art was often infused with homoerotic imagery and motifs. However, he claimed that he remained a virgin for his entire life.
An interesting quote of him is: “making money is art and working is art, and good business is the best art.” I believe in this idea strongly, especially nowadays making money and having a good business and handling everything is really an art. Andy Warhol died on Feb 22, 1987in Manhattan, New York.