Andy Warhol by Brandon Noll Andy Warhol was thought to be born around 1929 to 1930 near Pittsburgh to Czech immigrant parents. His real name was Andrew Warhol. He was an American painter and filmmaker who was a leader during the pop art movement. Other artists during his time were Ros quest and Lichtenstein.

The greatest influences on his work were his mother and comic books. By some art experts he is considered to being one of the most controversial artists of all time. He is considered that because his art broke the impressionist tradition. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and got an education at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and soon after he practiced commercial art in New York City which was an experience that he used later in his career.

He won the Art Director's Club Medal in 1957 for his illustrations for advertisements. He attracted a lot of attention in the 1960's with exhibitions of pop art objects from daily life, such as "Cambell's Soup Can" in 1965 and "Green Coca-Cola Bottles in 1962, and of entertainers like Marilyn Monroe. These images were silk screened, which is a mechanical process that allowed them to be endlessly repeated. He would also paint everyday occurrences such as car crashes and black riots. Warhol took a similar impersonal approach in his experimental underground films, such as The Chelsea Girls, which was a seven hour, virtually unedited semi documentary.

Later, more complex films, such as Lonesome Cowboys and Trash are also marked by improvised dialogue, lack of plot, and extreme eroticism. Among Warhol's publications are "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again" and America, a collection of his scathing photographs of contemporary life in the U. S. Fro 1969 until his death in 1987, he published 'Interview,' a monthly magazine with illustrated articles about current celebrities.

In 1994 the Andy Warhol Museum, the largest single- artist museum in the United States, opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.