He studied at the School of Fine Arts at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (now Carnegie Mellon University). In 1949, he moved to New York City and throughout the 1950s and 60s he had a successful career in magazine illustration and advertising. After his first pop art paintings were exhibited in 1961, Warhol became a central part of the contemporary art world and popular culture.
Known as a key figure of the Pop Art movement, Warhol mass produced images of mass produced objects, often working with other artists at his studio “The Factory.” His most famous works depicted Hollywood celebrities and recognizable brands such as Campbell's soup and Coca Cola. Presenting the age-old question of “What is art?” Warhol's work was intended to popularize the common-place and bring attention to America’s interest in fame. Warhol also worked in film, sculpture, paint, and silkscreen prints.
Warhol's work can be found in public and private collections across the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Guggenheim Museum, New York; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York.