The one and only, legendary “Pope of Pop”, Andy Warhol’s iconic artworks revolutionized the perception of art in the second half of the 20th century. Warhol was born on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Slovakian immigrant parents, who were dedicated to his education. In 1945, he enrolled in the Carnegie Institute of Technology to stydy pictorial design and commercial art. After his education, he moved to New York and started his career in magazine illustration and advertising. While he was working as a commercial artist, designing album covers and advertisements, Warhol gained some recognition for his whimsical ink drawings in the 1950s. An early adopter of the Silkscreen technique, Warhol's printmaking technique was unique, working imperfections into the artwork. Warhol achieved worldwide fame with his Pop Art Silkscreen works, such as the famous Marylin Monroe Diptych, 100 Soup Cans, 100 Coke Bottles, and 100 Dollar Bills.
His art questioned the American identity and consumer culture through unconventional techniques and using everyday objects. In 1962, Warhol started his studio "The Factory", which was aptly named for an institution with numerous artists under Warhol's command, producing an abundance of works until 1984. These artists were called "Warhol superstars" and included names such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Keith Haring and many more.
Warhol’s most expensive artwork at an auction is Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), a monumental masterpiece from 1963, which was sold at Sotheby’s in 2013 for $105.4 million, the second highest price ever paid at auction for a contemporary art piece. His Elvis Tryptich (1963) $81.9 million at Christie's New York in 2014. It is possible to find artworks by Andy Warhol for all budgets, starting from lithographies to large silkcreens, to paintings.