Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American artist, considered to be a leader of the Pop Art movement. Born into a family of Slovakian origin, Andrew Warhola began studying graphic design and later in 1949 settled in New York, working as an illustrator for magazines such as Vogue and the New Yorker, whilst also designing window displays for large department stores. In 1960 he began to produce his first canvases representing Popeye and Dick Tracy. After Marilyn Monroe’s death in August 1962 he started working from snapshots of the star’s already legendary face, widely distributed by the world’s press. His choice of subjects clearly relates to an obsession with demise; his Marilyns, his Ten Lizes (created when the actress Elizabeth Taylor was seriously ill) and also his Elvis.
“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”