Andy Warhol: American Pop-Artist, Biography
High-art demigod, consummate businessman or a blurring of the two
The youngest child of three, Andy was born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928 in the working-class neighborhood of Oakland, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Stricken at an early age with a rare neurological disorder, the young Andy Warhol found solace and escape in the form of popular celebrity magazines and DC comic books, imagery he would return to years later. Predating the multiple silver wigs and deadpan demeanor of later years, Andy experimented with inventing personae during his college years. He signed greeting cards “André”, and ultimately dropped the “a” from his last name, shortly after moving to New York and following his graduation with a degree in Pictorial Design from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1949.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
As for paintings, there are about 14 known works. Ten of these are owned by members of the Paul Warhola family. Paul had recognized that these paintings possessed a very special quality. He saved them from being thrown out in 1949, when Andy moved to New York.