Andy Warhol (1928-1997) was a major figure in the 1960s Pop Art movement. Born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, he pursued a career as a commercial illustrator before beginning in art. He moved to New York City in 1949, after graduating from Carnegie Institute of Technology. The artist focused on painting in the late 1950s and made his first Pop paintings, based on comics and ads, in 1961. He worked across a variety of media including painting, sculpture, and new media throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. His silkscreen paintings of cultural and commercial icons made him one of the most famous artists of his generation.