About the Artist
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who was
a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a
successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous
worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record
producer, author, and member of highly diverse social circles that
included Bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals,
Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons.
Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books,
and feature and documentary films. He coined the widely used expression
“15 minutes of fame.” In his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
The Andy Warhol Museum exists in memory of his life and artwork.
The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$100 million
for a 1963 canvas titled Eight Elvises.